Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Wire Beaded Flower Basket

Welcome to the February Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by Erlene @ My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! 

This month, I chose to create a wire beaded floral basket that you can wear as a necklace or pin.  I was looking on Pinterest for ideas to use some of the beads I've  accumulated over the years and came across this pin/video.  I thought it would make a lovely gift - especially for a special friend!

I love how the wire beaded flower basket looks - it's adorable! But the video is in Vietnamese and the measurements were in centimeters translated into inches. The sizing on my first attempt didn't seem right. It was too tiny!  My basket looked so much smaller and not like what was pictured, so I ended up increasing all the wire gauges, lengths of wires, and size of the beads to make a lovely piece of jewelry!  

Here is my version of how I made the pendant and interpretation of the video:

Materials used:

  • 18 gauge gold wire 
  • 24 gauge gold wire
  • Bicone beads - 6mm
  • Needle nose jewelry pliers
  • Nylon jaw flat nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Yard stick/ruler 

Let's begin by cutting 10 inches of 18 gauge wire.  Next, criss-cross the wire to make a loop at the top .  .  .  .
pulling the wires to make the loop smaller.  Using jewelry pliers,
squeeze the wire loop closer together after straightening the entire length of wire. I used a nylon jaw flat nose pliers to straighten the wires.
Next, measure from the wire loop 1 inches and fold wire up making another loop on each side .  .  . 
 for a total of  three loops on one side and two loops in the center of two extended wires. Turn the piece upside down with the wires extending up. Make sure to squeeze each loop closer together and to try and keep the wires as straight as possible. 
Next, make circle rings on each extended end using needle nose pliers.
Flair out the bottom ends a little with fingers.
Next, cut a 6 inch piece of 18 gauge wire for the basket handle. Make a oval loop - I used a craft glue bottle to help form the round shape.
Curl the ends of the basket wire out.
Then smooth out the wire shape using a small round object like a craft paint bottle.
Next, place the handle behind the basket and curve the wire matching on the left side of the basket wire. Repeat for right side.
Next, cut 40 inches of 24 gauge wire. Fold together and straighten wires. Then open the wire by the loop and place between the handle and basket on left side with wire across (horizontal) basket. Begin weaving wire over and under the wires of the loops .  .  .
and back. Keep going over and under through the loops, across to the end and back over - keeping the wires straight, side by side and not twisted. 
 Make sure to keep pushing the end circle loops of the handle and basket down together, curving out because they will ride up. 

Also, push the wires close together as you weave each row. Continue weaving the wires over and under, through the loops until reaching the bottom.
Once reaching the bottom and there's no more room to weave, separate the wires and begin wrapping each one around the loop closest to the wires at least three or four times.
Make sure all three loops are wrapped neatly, cutting off excess wire when finish.
Next, fold the center top loops over with pliers and adjust the wire handle to a round or oval shape.

To make the beaded stems, cut off 60" of 24 gauge wire and fold in half.  Thread on a bead to the center loop and twist wire several times to secure bead and form a stem.  Check the height by placing it behind the basket.
Continue adding beads and twisting each one on at various lengths along the wire.
You will need to twist on 20-25 beads. Make sure you make short bead stems for the lower portion, too.
 Once satisfied with the fullness of the bead stems, squeeze them close  together to fit within the basket frame and place on the backside of the basket. 
Begin wrapping the end wires (left and right) through openings around the top of the basket to secure in place. Leave enough wire ends on each side to wrap loosely around the basket handle. 

If you don't have enough wire left to wrap around the handle after making the bead stems, make sure the beads are secure enough to the basket and cut off the excess wire. Then cut off enough new wire to wrap around the handle, securing the ends on the basket.   And finally, adjust the flower stems.
I love how this turned out! Looks really beautiful and it's so versatile to make just by using different types and color of beads and wire for almost any occasion!

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Now let's see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

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Debbee - Debbee's Buzz • Bri - Halfpint Design 
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Lydia - Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen •Joanne - Our Unschooling Journey 
Kristie - Teadoddles • Gail - Purple Hues and Me 
Ashley - Emory Farm Kristie - Love My Little Cottage  
 Crissy - First Day of Home Habiba - Craftify My Love 
 Marie - The Inspiration Vault • Emily - Domestic Deadline 
Lauren - Mom Home Guide • Maria - Simple Nature Decor 
Alexandra - Eye Love Knots • Lynne - My Family Thyme 
Marci - Stone Cottage Adventures 
Susan - SuzerSpace • Kim - Kimspired DIY 
 Pili - My Sweet Things Kelli - K's Olympic Nest  
 Erin - The DIY Nuts • Shirley - Intelligent Domestications  
Terri - Our Good Life

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  1. Oh my Gail, that's truly lovely. It's so delicate and tiny, but the details are stunning

  2. You are amazing! That is so sweet and I am so impressed with the detail and how you created it. You are the queen of DIY!!

  3. Very beautiful. I would wear it as a broach. You skills always impress me Gail

  4. Precioso trabajo y magnifico tutorial¡¡

  5. What a wonderful beaded flower basket! That is simply stunning!! I have attempted wire and beads crafts in the past but always struggle to get them to come out the way I planned. Pinned.

  6. What an amazingly beautiful jewelry work of art! And, such a detailed, well illustrated tutorial. I've never tried to make jewelry and you may have inspired me to give it a try.

    P.S. Your link from the thumbnail isn't working

  7. Super cute and this takes patience and talent. Pinning.

  8. That is a big piece of art despite its size!! You are really talented, Gail and that basket is awesome. I always struggle with wire, sigh

  9. Gail, this is lovely! It's so intricate. Your tutorial, as always, is great. What a pretty piece of jewelry.

  10. Great tutorial - it turned out really pretty Gail!

  11. Love your detailed pictures! It really helps inspired people to be creative.

  12. Wow, your projects keep getting better and better! Great detailed directions too.

  13. What a sweet little basket, Gail! I love the way it turned out. So intricate!

  14. Holy cow you are so creative. That looks so great Gail, it's so sweet!

    FYI Google is going to be doing away with their comments section, so you may want to switch out to something else.

  15. Love it! It is totally amazing.

  16. Gail I honestly would not been know where to start working on something like this which is so intricate. You are truly a master.

  17. When I first saw the image I thought "there is no way I could make something like this!" But your step-by-step tutorial makes me think maybe I could. Really pretty piece, Gail.

  18. Wow! You have amazing vision to put this project together! You make it look so easy.

  19. Oh, my goodness! What a lovely little basket of flowers! You are so incredibly clever! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  20. What a dainty piece. Love that the basket is actually woven like a real basket. Such delicate work. Beautiful!

  21. Wowza, that is so pretty. What a great gift idea and so unique.

  22. So pretty! Such a great step by step tutorial!!

  23. Nice job on the tutorial! I enjoyed the project and can tell how much pride you took in making it.

  24. I think it's time to dig out all my jewelry making supplies! Thanks for the inspiration.

  25. I would love to embellish my boring winter coat with a darling sparkly brooch like this one. Very nice idea and detailed tutorial. Thank you, Gail!


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