Part of the beauty of a Ganutell flower is, of course, the prepared thread. Two strands of floss, spun with wire, make up this prepared thread that is wrapped around a central wire to create each petal or leaf. Using the same color thread and wire is great, and so is using contrasting colors together … a totally different look is achieved. Spinning this thread takes some time, and of course requires a spindle. So ….. if you don’t have either of these, just try wrapping wire alone. For this flower I used 24 gauge rose gold wire from parawire for the central piece, and 28 gauge wire for wrapping.
Using just wire and beads makes for a lovely flower – shiny and colorful and quite graceful. Although the same wrap you use for prepared thread will look different if you use only wire, it still looks quite beautiful. I added some beads for bling, and also take the leaf shapes and give them a twist for an entirely different look. To me, these wire flowers take on a more contemporary look as well.
So next time you decide to create, try this method … I think you’ll enjoy it. This is truly a ‘bead and wire flower’!