An unique art of sculpting with beads on wire, originated from the 1500's the embroidering of small glass beads on ball gowns and jackets for members of the French Royal Court and stringing them on wire to make beaded flowers. During the 1600's and 1700's the art was popular in France, Italy and England and by the 1800's beaded bouquets had become cherished decorator pieces, owned primarily by the elite.
Today, bead flower making is almost a lost art form and bouquets are even more rare than they were in the 1800's. Pieces may be seen occasionally in museums, antique collections, and the private collections of individuals.
Striving to improve the art, by encouraging crafting flowers and bouquets that will stand the test of time. The flowers may be gently reshaped or rearranged at any time and bouquets should be impervious to heat, cold or water and easily cleansed by washing with mild soap water.
Beaded flowers can be used in ways you use silk or fresh flowers. The only difference is that it will last many more years before beaded flowers deteriorate. They make great inserts in bridal bouquets, bridal headdresses, hair barrettes, napkin rings, corsages, "potted" window plants, 3D pictures and wall hangings. Made of glass and metal, they give an astounding accent when soldered to stained glass projects. Let your imagination run. The uses for beaded flowers are endless.