I've been having lots of fun playing around with these Miyuki Long Magatama 4/7 m/m beads!
While I was designing my pinecone I kept looking at the first couple rows and thinking what a darling little flower this would make. So I've whipped up a few just for fun. Take a look.
Most of the flowers are created by just working the first two rows of the pinecone pattern and then sewing a bead in the center. Oops, correction for the Dark gray flower. I said previously that the dark gray flower was created using the first three rows of the pinecone, but it's actually created using six beads in each row for three rows. You can see the difference in hight and appearance in the picture below. (Sorry about that.)
I think these adorable little flowers will work great for the 'ball' end of a 'ball and loop' closure on a bracelet or necklace. They also make an elegant ring. And because the bottom of the flower is flat, they work great for applique` too.
Once you learn how to tame these beads they really are a lot of fun to work with. I think their unique shape creates exciting design possibilities. :)