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.
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.
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.
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.