How to create an orchid flower from beads?
Any master class begins with the collection of materials. To do this, you will need to go to a specialized store that sells items for needlework.
You will need the following materials:
- one pack of white beads (if there are several orchids or you want to make it very large, you should stock up with two at once);
- one pack of yellow;
- one pack of green (light);
- one pack of pink or purple;
- flip flops;
- wire - it is better to give preference to copper, and in its absence aluminum, which easily assumes a given shape;
- acrylic lacquer (better matte);
- polyurethane foam;
- PVA glue or equivalent;
- expanded clay drainage.
The colors of the beads can be changed at your discretion, however, this master class involves weaving the most common orchid - white and pink. If you buy white beads, you should avoid glass beads, as it will look more transparent and will not create the proper decorative effect. But the other colors can be taken and translucent - in bright sunlight, this combination will look very unusual and beautiful.
In order not to lose all the beads, be sure to do work on a table that has a flat surface. If you are tempted to do it on the bed, think that one careless movement will lead to the scattering of the beads across its surface, and you will remember your hindsight before going to bed for a long time. After making sure that the workplace meets all requirements and is well lit, you can begin work that the master class will teach you.
Beginning of weaving
First we must create the basis around which our weaving will be carried out, the so-called axis. To do this, take a piece of wire about one meter in length and make a loop of it with unequal edges.Its lower ring should have a length of at least 4 centimeters, a small tail - 9 centimeters, and everything else will go to the long end.
If you do not know what size your orchid will be, gradually string the bead beads onto the resulting axis (short tail) - their number will determine the total length of one petal. As a rule, phalaenopsis weave with the use of 8-15 beads.
We thread a similar amount of beads on the long end of the wire, and weave it around the short one, as shown in the figure. Next, the master class requires a repetition of the previous actions - that is, you must make a coil, strung a few more beads to form the next row of petals, and repeat the procedure again. String 3-4 beads with each turn. If you need more, do not hesitate, because it will depend on the appearance of your future decorative orchids.
When you finish the last row - as a rule, they will be the fifth, gently bend the end of the wire and hide it inside the beads, and if it is too long, cut off the excess part and carry out this procedure with the remaining short tail.
Now you can weave the rest of the orchid phalaenopsis petals. As a rule, they are made by three, which most closely matches the natural appearance of the flower.
To diversify the appearance of a decorative accessory, make the upper petal triangular - a distinctive feature of such a scheme will be stringing one bead on a bead on the central axis after each loop is completed around a circle. In addition, you can intertwine about 10–20% of beads of a different color, such as pink, in a white orchid, into the petals.
Using a similar scheme, weave three internal petals for a flower - the master class assumes the use of pink color for them. Their only difference will be the use of four rows of beads instead of five.
Now it remains to make only the core of the flower, which will consist of three long rounded yellow petals. Their weaving will require the use of 15 beads on the axis, 16 and 18 on the outer arcs. To round the core, wind it over a regular writing pen and hold it for a few seconds to fix the shape.
Then the master class will teach us to collect the resulting weaving. We take a wire about 40-50 cm long, pass it through a large bead and fold it in half.To the resulting axis from the side, we first fasten the middle of yellow beads, then the central petals, and only then the outer ones.
The master class continues - now we need to weave the leaves. They must be made using the same technology as the petals, but they must be large enough not to be lost against the background of flowers.
We put about 28-30 beads on the axis, and we increase each row by about 5 pieces. In addition, we use a triangular weave, the scheme of which is described above. The number of leaves and flowers will depend on your imagination.
If you want the leaves to be distinguished by the original pattern, you can use mosaic weaving, in which beads of dark and light shades of green will alternately alternate.
Now you need to create a stem. It is made of thick electrical wire - it is desirable to take an aluminum cable for outdoor work (for example, self-supporting insulated wire). The wire is coated with PVA glue and wrapped with a green floral tape, after which it remains only to give the necessary shape.
Immerse the lower end of the wire in a pot, and fill it with foam. Cut off its upper part, paint it in the color you need and process it with acrylic varnish, and also fill it with expanded clay. It remains only to paint the pot and make sure that all parts of the orchid are held firmly enough.