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Lotus Flower Hairpins Tutorial

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Lotus Flower Hairpins

Filigree flowers are pretty in your hair, but with the sparkle and color of glass beads these hairpins will sparkle and shine in your 'do. Add beads to filigree with Soft Flex beading wire and you'll be able to knot each bead.

This project calls for oval jump rings and they are essential to linking the filigree pieces. The oval jump ring shapes hold both pieces of filigree and disappear into the curves and loops of the filigree.

Designer: Cynthia Deis

Project adapted from Beading With Filigree.

Ingredients to make three hair pins:

- 3 dapped lotus filigree flowers, 20 mm
- 3 flat lotus filigree flowers, 20 mm
- 3 glass beads, 6 to 8 mm (larger beads)
- 18 glass beads, 4 mm (smaller beads)
- 12 antique brass oval jump rings, 3 x 4 mm
- 3 bobby pins
- 36 inches beading wire, .012 or .010, cut into three 12-inch sections

Tools:

- Chain nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- 527 glue

1. Using one section of beading wire, sew a larger bead to the center of one of the dapped flowers by threading the wire through the front of the filigree and knotting the wire on the back of the filigree. Leave one end of the wire longer (approx. 8 inches) than the other.

2. Pass the long of the wire to the front of the flower and string a small bead onto the wire. Use the wire to sew the bead on the front of the filigree. Repeat around the flower to add six 4-mm beads in all. Tie a square knot on the back of the flower and trim the excess wire. Set the beaded flower aside.

3. Slide one flat flower into a bobby pin so the pin hooks in the dip between petals. Place a beaded flower on top of the flat flower so the petals line up. Use jump rings to attach the top two and bottom two petal points. The flower may move slightly on the bobby pin but can be made more secure by placing a small drop of glue to the filigree before attaching it to the bobby pin.

4. Repeat to make two more hairpins.

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