How to Make a Beaded Branch for Bridal or Decoration

  It’s June.  That means lots and lots of weddings for the next few months.  Today’s tutorial is going to show you how to make a beaded branch spray that you can use if you’re a bride or a guest.
  These look absolutely stunning attached to a hair comb, in a bouquet or as an accent on a gift package.  You can change the colors based on what beads and wire you have to reflect the occasion or the season.
  Here’s what you need:
Thin, flexible wire (mine is 28 gauge) 
Wire-working tools
Beads (I usually use seed beads)
  Start by cutting a really long length of wire.  I suggest somewhere around 3 feet.  The more “branches” you want, the longer your wire should be.  Fold your wire in half and slide a bead into the middle.
  Clamp your pliers a short distance (about .25″) below the bead and twist with your fingers.  Be careful not to get too excited about twisting, because if it gets too tight, the wire will snap.  Select one of the two wires, pull it to one side and create a bend 3/8″ to 1/2″ inch from the bottom of where your wire is twisted.  Slide a bead into this bend and fold the wire together.  Grasp the wire with your pliers where your wire joins the already twisted portion and twist with your fingers.  Repeat on the other side.  You should have formed a cluster of 3 bead “buds”.  Twist your two wires together a short distance below the group.
  Continue down your wires, pulling them aside to create bends that will become branches as you go.  I find that groups of 3 or more are the most natural looking.  Look to real trees for inspiration.  Don’t feel that your bunches should always all join together in even, equal length trios, go for some asymmetry!
  When you’ve created as many branches as you want, twist a ways down to create a “trunk”.  Leave some of the wire untwisted to help secure it to a hair comb, package or whatever else you want to use it on.  Bend your branches out into whatever shape you’d like and enjoy the extra sparkle!
  As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment, shoot me an email or stop by the Facebook page to say hi!
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