French Beaded Southern Magnolia Sculpture by Lauren Harpster

Sculptures

I’ve played around a little with turning my French Beaded Flowers into self-standing sculptures as well. These are a little tricky, since they have to be balanced and supported well enough by the base. 

Cattelya Orchid

This one was so much fun to make! I was practicing an advanced ruffling technique, and decided last-minute to make it into a sculpture with roots forming the base. The roots are all wrapped with beads! I stayed up into the early morning hours wrapping them all and forming them just perfectly to balance the flowers. 

French Beaded Cattleya Orchid Sculpture by Lauren Harpster
French Beaded Cattleya Orchid Sculpture by Lauren Harpster

Southern Magnolia

When I was little, we had a giant Southern Magnolia tree in our yard. Every year it would make these beautiful enormous blossoms. I spent many hours climbing in that tree with my friends. So I made this piece as a reminder of that tree. This one was very difficult to balance appropriately. I had to add in many extra support stems. 

French Beaded Southern Magnolia Sculpture by Lauren Harpster
French Beaded Southern Magnolia Sculpture by Lauren Harpster

Snowdrops

A cute little spring display of self-standing snowdrops. This one was an experiment with making this type of beaded base for sculptures, which I had never seen previously. These flowers were made out of tiny beads too, either 15/0 or Czech 13/0 charlottes. 

French Beaded snowdrops by Lauren Harpster
French Beaded snowdrops by Lauren Harpster

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