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« on: August 25, 2009 08:32:24 PM »



We recently spent an afternoon crafting some lovely hair bobbies. These are so simple to make! The flowers can be used in many different ways, as well -- hair clips, brooches, pins, embellishments. . . .


We used reclaimed dress linings to make these -- I had plenty left over from my deconstruction for sachets, and I never knew what to do with this type of fabric before. It's a synthetic fabric, a silky polyester.

(CAUTION: please use extreme caution when using this tutorial, as a flame is used in this process. Do NOT allow children or pets near the flame, and do not allow children to play with the flame, burn themselves or anyone/anything else. I am not responsible for any accidents or injuries resulting from this tutorial.)

To make these little hair bobbies (or clips, brooches, pins, etc.), you will need:

**synthetic fabric, such as polyester
**scissors
**candle and matches/lighter
**glass jar, filled with water
**clothes pin
**a piece of foil
**needle
**thread
**beads, buttons or other embellishments
**hair bobby, clip, pin blank, etc.
**strong adhesive, such as E6000


1. Cut out circles (or whatever shape you like) from the polyester that are slightly larger than your desired finished flower size. We used concentric circles for ours for a fuller, layered look. Be sure to cut a few extra, to allow for experimenting and mess-ups.




2. Light your candle, and place on a sturdy surface, away from flammables, pets and children. Place your jar of water within reach.


3. Using a clothes pin, hold one fabric circle over -- not in -- the flame of the candle.


Quickly rotate the fabric circle above the flame. The fabric will curl and may change colors.


You'll want to experiment with a few extra circles, as different fabrics will act uniquely when held near the flame. Some will curl in one direction, some turn colors, some crinkle. Holding them closer to the flame or longer will also achieve different results. Once you've achieved the look you want, set the circle aside on the foil to cool.

4. Repeat on all the fabric circles. Extinguish your candle when you are finished.


5. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: If you hold the fabric circle still for too long, or too close to the flame, it will scorch and/or catch on fire. If this happens, quickly and carefully place the burning fabric in the jar of water to extinguish the flame. Be very vigilant -- as some fabrics tend to ignite quicker than others!






6. Next, arrange and stack your fabric circles (petals) into flowers.


7. Using your needle and thread, sew a few stitches through all the layers of petals -- just a little "X" will do -- fastening all the petals together. Tie off thread in the back of the flower.




8. Now, attach your flower center. If you are using beads or buttons, stitch them in place, tying off the thread in the back of the flower. If you are using other embellishments, a strong adhesive (such as E6000) may be used to attach them to the flower.


9. Finally, attach your flower to a hair bobby, clip or pin back using your strong adhesive.






10. Set aside on the foil, and allow it to dry thoroughly, according to your adhesive's recommendation.




And that's it! So simple, and so pretty. The possibilities are endless -- imagine these flowers layered with ribbon, mesh, tulle, organza. . . or topped with an antique brooch or cameo! These would make sweet little gifts for teachers, co-workers and friends, or even lovely stocking stuffers. Have fun!

(And for anyone interested, I do have a little video posted on my blog of me burning a few petals.  Nothing fancy, but it does show how quickly they burn.)
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2009 08:53:57 PM »

FABULOUS tutorial! (and lovely results!) I've always wanted to try these, and now that I've seen such a great step-by-step I have no excuse not to! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2009 09:17:47 PM »

I too have wanted to do some of these, my friend would LOVE these!!
THANK YOU for sharing this with us.
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2009 09:21:22 PM »

This is such an awesome idea! I will definitely be making some of these soon. Thank you for the tutorial!
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2009 12:00:59 AM »

These are beautiful and look so delicate and elegant!  Thank you for the great tutorial!
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2009 12:57:10 AM »

Very elegant looking when finished.  Thanks for the Tutorial, well done - great pics.
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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2009 07:32:08 AM »

Wow,these are so gorgeous! thank you so much for the tutorial!!
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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2009 07:39:17 AM »

Wow, so that's how they're done! I love these, I'm going to have to give them a try! Thanks so much! Grin
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« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2009 08:05:34 AM »

I just went and bought 1/4 yd. of 15 diff fabrics to make these!

I've used one of those handheld lighters that you sort of hold like a gun and has a long barrel thing, and they work well, but I went and bought a heat tool like this http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2907&PRODID=prd20134 and just put a small rock in the center of the petal to keep it from blowing away, and it works well because I don't have to worry about burning myself. I just put the petal on a piece of marble I had, then put the rock on the petal and heat away! Works really well!
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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2009 08:10:57 AM »

Y'all are so welcome!  I had looked for an online tute for these myself, and when I couldn't find one, I decided to experiment.  Luckily, I began experimenting near the sink, as my first petal erupted in flames!  (Quite a surprise!)  So I just wanted to share, and spare others from singed fingertips.  Wink


I just went and bought 1/4 yd. of 15 diff fabrics to make these!

I've used one of those handheld lighters that you sort of hold like a gun and has a long barrel thing, and they work well, but I went and bought a heat tool like this http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2907&PRODID=prd20134 and just put a small rock in the center of the petal to keep it from blowing away, and it works well because I don't have to worry about burning myself. I just put the petal on a piece of marble I had, then put the rock on the petal and heat away! Works really well!
Great tip, CheetahChiq78!  Please post some pics of your flowers for us!
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