Decorative candle

Decorative candle

Candles decorated with PRECIOSA Pip™ seed beads

Make an ordinary candle unique using flowers made from PRECIOSA Pip™ pressed beads.

The candles complete the atmosphere of a home. We present a tutorial on how to make simple elegant flowers which you can use to decorate candles. If you make several of them, you can also decorate other home accessories and harmonise everything perfectly. You can create an unlimited number of combinations thanks to the wide range of colors and surface finishes on the beads and seed beads from the PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads brand. You can also use the created flowers to decorate other items (cushions, clothing). Sew them on using a larger rocaille instead of a pin. We would point out that the candles should only be used as decorations. They should not be lit.


icon pdf downloadProject in PDF format






Material and tools:

 

PRECIOSA Pip™ (P)
111 01 346; 5 x 7 mm; 23030 (30 pcs)

svicka Pip 23030

PRECIOSA Pip™ (P)
111 01 346; 5 x 7 mm; 63130 (30 pcs)

svicka Pip 63130

PRECIOSA Pip™ (P)
111 01 346; 5 x 7 mm; 23980/28103 (30 pcs)

svicka Pip 23980 28103

PRECIOSA Pip™ (P)
111 01 346; 5 x 7 mm; 23980/281V3 (30 pcs)

svicka Pip 23980 281V3

PRECIOSA Twin™ (T)
321 96 001; 2,5 x 5 mm; 01710 (30 pcs)

svicka Twin 01710

PRECIOSA Twin™ (T)
321 96 001; 2,5 x 5 mm; 01700 (30 pcs)

svicka Twin 01700

PRECIOSA Twin™ (T)
321 96 001; 2,5 x 5 mm; 46102 (30 pcs)

svicka Twin 46102

PRECIOSA Twin™ (T)
321 96 001; 2,5 x 5 mm; 01700;(30 pcs)

svicka Twin 01700

PRECIOSA Rocailles (R)
331 19 001; 10/0; 01710;(30 pcs)

svicka rokajl 01710

PRECIOSA Rocailles (R)
331 19 001; 10/0; 01700;(30 pcs)

svicka rokajl 01700

PRECIOSA Rocailles(R)
331 19 001; 10/0; 46102; (30 pcs)

svicka rokajl 46102

PRECIOSA Rocailles (R)
311 19 001; 10/0; 23980 (30 pcs)

svicka rokajl 23980

Plain pillar candle or similar (3 x 4 x 12 cm); 6 dressmaker’s pins with pearl head; beading thread to match your chosen beads (6lb Fireline); size 10 to 12 beading needles; scissors

svicka pomucky

Procedure:

Flowers are made with peyote stitch. Each flower has a diameter of approximately 2 cm.

Step 1:

Thread your needle with 50 cm of thread and pick up a Twin bead and a Pip bead 5 times. Leaving a 20 cm tail, pass your needle through all the beads a second time to form a circle and step up through the first Twin bead again. See Figure 1.

Note – if you are using bi-colored Pip beads, ensure that the colour you wish to be displayed is facing the front as you pick them up.

Figure 1

svicka 01

Step 2:

Pass your needle through the empty hole of the first Twin bead added in step 1 as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2

svicka 02

 

Step 3:

Working in the opposite direction to step 1, add 1 seed bead between each Twin bead, ensuring that you pass your needle through the empty hole in the Twin beads. Finish with your needle exiting the same hole as at the beginning of this row. See Figure 3. Pull your thread firmly so that the Twin beads pull in towards the centre of your flower forming a cluster.

Figure 3

svicka 03

Step 4:

Pass your needle through the new beads added in step 3 and the second hole of the Twin beads a second time (without adding any new beads). Pull your thread firmly so that little or no thread shows. See Figure 4 which now shows the Twin beads and seed beads clustered in the centre.

Figure 4

svicka 04

Step 5:

Retrace the thread path shown in Figure 4 but tie an overhand knot between each pair of beads (a total of 5 knots) and pull your thread tightly as you work. Tie off and trim the working thread.

Step 6:

Using the tail thread, pass your needle through the Pip beads and the first hole of all the Twin beads (without adding any beads). Pull your thread firmly so that little or no thread shows. See Figure 5.

Figure 5

svicka 05

 

Step 7:

Retrace the thread path shown in Figure 5 but tie an overhand knot between each pair of beads (a total of 5 knots) and pull your thread tightly as you work. Tie off and trim the tail thread.

Step 8:

Repeat steps 1 to 7 to make a total of 6 flowers.

svicka 8

Step 9:

Pass a pearl-headed pin through the central hole of one of the flowers and push the pin into the side of the candle. See Figure 6 and Figure 7. If your pins are too long, use wire cutters to trim them to a suitable length.

Figure 6, 7

svicka 9asvicka 9bsvicka 9c 

Step 10:

Repeat step 9 attaching all of your flowers to the side of the candle. See Figure 8. Vary the placement and height of the flowers for decorative effect.

Figure 8

svicka 10svicka 13

svicka 12

Designer: Kerrie Slade

Tips/ideas:
Please note that the candle should be used for decorative purposes only and is not intended to be lit.
Use your flowers to decorate other items (such as cushions or clothing) by sewing them in place using a small bead or pearl instead of a pin. Alternatively incorporate them into finished beadwork.