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November 2005 Beaded Butterfly Brooch

You can find a variety of Free Arts and Craft Project here, including beaded project and other project.  This month's project is a beaded butterfly brooch using a combination of colored seed beads and wire.

The pictorials are illustrated with spaces between beads for a clearer direction, in the actual beading, there should be no spaces.

Beaded Butterfly Brooch :

What you need:

1)    Seed beads of two different colors (size 11/0
) 
2)    Beading wire (30 gauge or 25 gauge if your bead hole size is bigger)


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Step 1: Note: The green color beads represents the silver white bead and the blue color beads represents the turquoise color beads (you can use any color combination you like)

(Body) I'll go a little faster for this one as it's pretty similar to the dragonfly brooch instruction, please refer to it by clicking on the above link if there's any problem.

Start by cutting a piece of wire, around 30 to 40 cm long. Make sure you fold the wire into half to mark the middle point of the wire and you will be working with both ends of this wire.

Starting with the tail of the dragonfly body, pick up three beads with one end of the wire, pass the other end of the wire through the last two added beads (remember to pull tight). 
Continue the tail by adding three beads and passing both wires through all three beads, continue to repeat the 3 beads as shown for 6 times.
Follow by adding two beads and crossing both wires through this two beads.

(Antennas) you have to work on one wire at a time now, let start with the right wire - add one bead (place it around 1 inch away from the last row of beads) loop the wire back through the right side bead from the last added row or two beads. Now twist the wire so that the antenna is formed.  
Repeat this for the left side wire. 

Step 2: (The Wings - Top Wings) Start off by cutting a piece of wire around 1 m long, fold to find the center point of the wire.

Start by adding three beads on one end of the wire, then another four beads but hold on to the three beads and pass the other end of the wire through these 4 beads, pull tight. 

Continue expanding the wing by adding 5 (one green, one blue and three green) see the third row in the picture.
Followed by: 
6 beads (one green, two blue and three green)
7 beads (one green, one blue, one green, one blue and three green)
8 beads (one green, one blue, two green, one blue and three green)
9 beads (two green, one blue, one green, one blue and four green)
10 beads (three green, two blue and five green)
11 beads (four green, one blue and six green)
11 beads (eleven green)
10 beads (five green, one blue and four green)
9 beads (four green, two blue and three green)
8 beads (three green, three blue and two green)
7 beads (three green, two blue and two green)
6 beads (three green, one blue and two green)
4 beads (four green)
2 beads (two green)
Remember to pull tight and leave the wires as you can use the wires to tie it onto the body later.

Make two of this top wing.
Step 3: The bottom wing: Starting with the bottom of the wing, pick up four beads with one end of the wire, pass the other end of the wire through the last two added beads, add two more beads and pass both ends of the wire through this two beads. (remember to pull tight). 

Continue by adding 3 beads (one green, one blue and one green). Leave the right side wire and using the left wire, add four green beads and one blue bead, loop the wire back through the last two green beads. (remember to pull tight)
Continue the wing on step 4.
Step 4: Now continue by adding beads: (below color order is from right to left)
 9 beads (two green, two blue, five green)
10 beads (two green, three blue, five green)
11 beads (two green, four blue, five green)
12 beads (three green, three blue, six green)
12 beads (three green, two blue, seven green)
12 beads (three green, one blue, eight green)
11 beads (nine green, one blue, one green)
10 beads (five green, one blue, four green)
 9 beads (two green, one blue, six green)
 8 beads (eight green)
Remember to pull tight and leave the wires as you can use the wires to tie it onto the body later.

Make two of this bottom wing.
Step 5: Joining: The top wings: Using the wire left from the top wing beading, pass, pass the right / top wire through the top wire loop from the BODY and pass the left / bottom wire through the third loop (counting from top down), pull tight and pass the wires back through the top row (3 beads) and second top row (4 beads), now you can cut away the excess - no need for tying.

Tie the other side of the top wing the same way.
Step 6: Joining: the bottom wings: Again using the excess wires left from beading the bottom wing, pass the left wire through the loop on the BODY just below the top wing and pass the right wire through the sixth or seventh loop of the top wing counting from the body outwards.
Pull tight and pass the wires back through the top row (8 beads) on the bottom wing and second top row (9 beads), now you can cut away the excess - no need for tying.

Tie the other side of the top wing the same way.
Step 7: Now you can tie on the brooch pin (please refer to the dragonfly brooch instruction - step 10

More projects to be found in the below categories:


Other Project Adult Project Flower Project Jewelry Project
Kid Art Project Bead Project Ring and Bracelet Project
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