Post # 1
I made some beaded flower hair pins to decorate my updo with and then decided to try to make a pair of coordinating shoe clips. This is the first one of the pair. What do you think? Use them or leave the shoes alone?
And how do you like them on my purple reception flats?
Post # 3
Those are really cute! I like them for sure on the purple flats, but I am undecided on the shoe. It could be too much.
Post # 4
@Mrs Tiger: Thanks! Yeah, I’m not sure if puting them on the heels would be overkill.
Post # 5
I love them on the purple flats, but I think your heels are perfect without. They look great with the clips too, but I think the shoe with the bow already looks beautiful. You can’t go wrong.
Also, you made those beaded flowers? That is so awesome! Totally jealous of your DIY skills 🙂
Post # 6
very pretty. if you think they might be too much on the brides shoe, what about placing it at the heel?
Post # 7
*note to self*…………..read ALL previous posts before posting! LOL
Post # 8
You are really talented! They are adorable and will give your shoes that “special touch”.
Post # 9
I actually feel the opposite of PPs and like them on the heels but not so much on the flats. I really like the tone-on-tone effect with the heels. The white looks a bit stark to me against the flats.
Post # 10
Voting Other: nix them on the heels since they take away from the bow (i’m a sucker for bows). For the flats, I love the concept, but think the flowers would look better with eggplant colored beads outlining the petals, so that they are two-tone and work in the color of the shoes.
Great job making the flowers! They look fantastic 🙂
Post # 11
I think since the heel already has a bow, the flower would be overkill. Plus, it doesn’t POP like it does on the purple flat. Very cute!
Post # 12
I agree leave the heels alone they are perfect and maybe add them to the purple reception flats. Those are really cute!!! Great job.
Post # 13
So pretty! I think you can go either way on the heel, but the flat for sure! Those are neat! Hard to make?
Post # 14
@littlegirlblue: Sorry, I didn’t see your response until now. It’s not really hard, but it is time consuming. I used the so-called “victorian” beading technique (as opposed to the more commonly seen “french” beading).
I used the instructions here:
You make one petal at a time from the bottom up by stringing rows of beads on wire. You start with a length of wire folded in half with one bead on it. You then add 2 beads onto one end of the wire and pass the other end through the beads in the opposite direction, and pull to tighten. This creates a little triangle of 3 beads. Then you go on adding rows of beads to build your petal with the next rows having 4, 6, 8, 10 beads and so on. The more rows, the bigger the petal. I made five larger and three smaller ones for my flower. The edge of the petal is made by using a different color of beads for the last row, then adding beads to the remaining wire, folding it down the sides of the petal and passing it through that very first bead you started with.
Once all the petals are made, you connect them into a flower. If you want to minimize the number of wires you are left with in the end so your “stem” isn’t too thick and hard to attach to things, you can start with a longer length of wire and start the next petal after you’ve finished the first using the same wire. I would suggest your twist the wire a bit in between the petals though, so they can be arranged better in relation to each other. If you make them flush end-to-end, it will be harder to shape your flower.
You can make pointier petals, leaves, or other shapes using the same method and just modifying the number of beads per row.
Post # 15
Forgot to add – I used size 11/0 seed beads purchased here in silver and a mix of shades of white:
That seller has them in other pretty color mixes too and you can also get them at craft stores or on etsy or ebay. The bigger the size number for the beads, the smaller the beads are. Size 11/0 seed beads are smaller than size 10/0 and so on.
For size 11/0 beads, you should get wire that’s around 28 gauge (thinner wire than you would need for french beading because you have to pass two lengths of wire through each bead) Bigger gauge = thinner wire. I tried 24 gauge and it didn’t work for this. I chose silver colored wire because I was using silver beads. It comes in other colors too.
Post # 16
Just use them in your hair. The bows are cute, but both shoes already have “features”. The bows on the heels and the pleats/line thingys on the purple flats. No need for extra features.