I’m a big sucker for strawberries. Although I occasionally treat myself to the monstrous Mexico-grown berries that are always in stock, I much prefer the natural perfection of a garden strawberry. Like most seasonal treats, they are even more delicious because they’re only around for a short time every year. When spring finally comes along, flowers and blossoms remind me that strawberries are on the way, too.
To use beads to capture the excitement of budding strawberry plants, I started with some red Czech glass druks in 4, 6 and 8mm sizes, and matched them with some transparent red 15/0 seed beads. The cherry red color has that "Wow!" quality that is perfect for a fruity design.
To create blossoms, leaves and accents, I collected yellow, Ceylon pearl and jade green seed beads in both 8/0 and 11/0 sizes. Then I topped the whole palette off with some wavy green Czech glass leaves.
The very first time I tried pearl netting, I wanted to experiment with using different bead sizes to sculpt unique shapes. With only a vague idea of what I was doing, I set out to create a strawberry shape, using the red druks and 15/0’s, with yellow beads acting as the strawberry seeds. A part of me expected it to turn out looking ridiculous, so I was thrilled when even my toddler could tell that I had made a strawberry out of beads.
I would like to thank Artbeads.com for providing the Czech glass beads used in this piece. Inspirational Beading has not received paid compensation for including Artbeads.com products or reviews in this blog post. I have shared my honest opinions about the products used in this design.
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