Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Eight Petal Flower Bead Ring Tutorial


When I was in junior high, I went to the mall and saw a beaded flower bracelet that I fell in love with.  It was about ten dollars, so it was out of my budget.  I remember going to check it out everyday because I thought it was so cool, but knowing that I didn't have the money to buy it.  I would carefully examine the bracelet, trying to figure out how it was made, then run home and try to replicate it.  One day I finally prevailed and was able to figure it out.  I was so excited about the bracelet I wore it to school the very next day.  A girl in my gym class liked it so much she offered me five dollars for it.  Being short on money at the time, and calculating it out, the bag of beads was only 50 cents, and the thread was free (from my mom) so this seemed like a good deal.  I gave her the bracelet and she said she would bring me five dollars the next day.  The next day came and went and she never paid me.  After a week I asked her about the money and she said "what bracelet?" like the transaction never took place.  I was devastated, confused, and angry.  But I did nothing.  I never told anyone this story because I was so embarrassed at how naive I was.

Every time I see any beaded piece of jewelry I think of this story.  It makes me sad and happy at the same time.  It makes me sad to think that there are mean spirited people out there and that I was so passive I never stood up for myself.  It makes me happy because I know I've come a long way from then and I am no longer the passive scared little girl. 

I hope you enjoy this tutorial on how to make this eight petal flower bead ring (which could be also made into a bracelet).  Maybe you can make it for someone you love to give them a little happiness.

Video tutorial is at the bottom of the post or here is the direct youtube link.






31 comments:

  1. the nerve of that girl!!!!

    I'm glad you've grown and won't let others take advantage of you like that. It's a beautiful ring and I like the colour you used..

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  2. That story is so sweet because we've all had the heartbreak experience of being too naive as kids - all of us nice ones do, anyway. Well, I bet that girl didn't turn out to be half the woman you are, my friend!

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  3. i just discovered your blog and love it!!! i made these in junior high too! i dissected an already made one until i finally figured it out... then i couldn't stop making them and had all of these tiny beads scattered all over the house! great story + great tutorial.

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  4. I accually really love the multipule colours in the tutorial. :D Its a great post, and thanks for posting it! Im definately going to make one myself.

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  5. I'm very sorry for your childhood trauma, but I do wonder that it never occurred to you to call the teal, blue and purple beads "colored" beads to distinguish them from the white beads instead of calling them all purple.

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    From a new follower. x

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  7. Hi! We had a submission to craftfail.com with someone who didn't quite make a successful ring. We are using your image with a link back to you and credit (with "inspiration" so people know it's not a fail). It will be up Friday 3/30.

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  8. Oh my, this is terrbily cute! Thank you for sharing the tutorial!!
    I linked it in a serie I'm writing for my blog (http://rock-n-roll-stops-the-traffic.blogspot.it/2012/03/diy-from-head-to-toe-5.html), hope you don't mind :D

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  9. Sometimes, experiences such as this can make us better person in the end. By the way, thank you for this tutorial, I have made one for my daughter and she appreciated the simple design.

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  10. Do you use beading wire or some kind of thread? I tried using plastic wire and the beads would never stay together so there are a lot of gaps and it doesn't look like a flower.

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  11. Such a very sad yet refreshing story my dear. Appreciate your candor and honesty in your blog. And hey, thanks for sharing a genuine spinning rings innovation right there. I would make one for my 5-year-old kid myself. :)

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  12. That looks cute. It reminds me of canadian jewellery and I am loving it.

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  13. Thanks for the detailed tutorial!! I am trying ot make this with elastic to make a stretch bracelet, its kicking my butt ;) I think i will go back to thread, lol

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  17. What a stinkpot she was! Love the ring. I think I'm going to pick up some beads and make this with my daughter tonight. I needed a craft for us and this is perfect! In fact, I may expand on it and make a "choker" for her. I think she'd really love that! BTW - check your comments. You have a lot of spam :-(

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  18. LOVE this!! So much that I featured it today in my curated jewelry collection at LooksiSquare.com.

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  19. in tutorials there is like needles on ends of fishing line what are they called and where can u find them.. I am trying to venture into beaded rings. all turtorials tell u supplies but nothing is ever mentioned about those needles

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    1. It's a special needle. It's. Called a beading needle. I can't live without them ! I the typical size usedfor just about everything beading is a size 12, sometimes a size 11. You can find them at almost any craft store that sell beading supplies. I've found that Michael's carries those sizes all the time. They are in the jewelry findins section with the memory wire etc.

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