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« on: January 25, 2010 04:01:25 AM »

Here is my very first Australia Day tutorial and my first project posted especially for my new blog. An achievement!

These are small Waratah flowers made from ordinary copy paper and attached to earring findings.

They are so easy to make and the two earrings should take you less than a hour. As a bonus, you probably already have all the supplies!


Full step by step pictures and the pattern pieces are available as a totally free tutorial right here.









The flowers can also be made as upright flowers, to give to a special someone.

Materials:

1 piece of office paper in your chosen colour, or 1 piece of decorative scrapbook paper cut to size (I used a plain piece of red copy paper. Dress up plain paper with a stamp or draw some squiggles)
2 x 5cm (1 inch) head pins, any metal
A pinch of seed beads to complement your paper colour ( I chose red)
2 x sequins, any colour you like (mine are pearl white)
earring findings of your choice - these earrings can also be attached to plain sleepers instead of earring hooks or studs

Tools:

craft knife, or scissors if you prefer
round nosed pliers to close the loops
desktop printer

1. Cut out each piece and stack according to size. For each flower there will be 4 x extra large pieces, 2 x large pieces, 2 x medium pieces, 2 x small pieces and 2 x base pieces.
2. Pierce a small hole in the centre of each piece using a craft knife or thumbtack.
3. Fold the flower petals up into a soft cone.
4. Gently curl the points towards the centre.
5. Mould the base pieces into shallow bowls and curl the petals back. I used a half-sphere measuring spoon for this but your fingers will do fine.
6. Thread a sequin onto the head pin. Add a base piece, followed by a seed bead.
7. Add the next base piece followed by a seed bead.
8. Thread on one of the extra large petals, followed by a seed bead.
9. Repeat this process, progressing down through the petal sizes.
10. Thread the final small petal and follow with a seed bead.
11. Push the flower gently to the base of the head pin. Grasp the petals, not the base pieces, and firmly mould the flower into a cone shape. Don't be shy here.
12. Using an index finger, hold against the side of the flower and press downwards. This flares the base a little and makes for a fat-bottomed flower. Repeat all around the flower until it is even.
13. Use your pliers and make an eye in the headpin. Secure to your earring findings.

Full step by step pictures and the pattern pieces are available as a totally free tutorial right here.

Also, I do apologise for the copyrights on the pictures and the disclaimer on the pattern. I really do not mean to be rude or distrustful, but being the internet you never know when someone will swipe your tutorial and claim it as their own. This is purely to discourage unsavoury characters and to hopefully prevent others from profiting from my hard work without my permission.

Comments and questions welcome, let me know if I don't make sense Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2010 04:21:41 AM »

those are beautiful! I might try, only I don't have a craft knife at the moment, maybe it would be ok with scissors...
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2010 04:25:36 AM »

These are BEAUTIFUL!! The earrings are so details for something so small.

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!! I won't have time tomorrow - but they will be lovely for next year. Thank you for sharing!!

Do you make other flowers? I think paper wattle would look really pretty too.
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2010 04:55:24 AM »

Thanks for the responses!

KedaZenovka, scissors would be fine, just cut from point to corner, not the other way round, for a neat finish.

Beckashell, thank you Cheesy. Actually these are the first paper flowers I have ever done, I was racking my brain for a suitable Australia Day project that didn't involve things, beer or boobs and cam to flowers. I love the Waratah, it's such a unique flower, so I gave a little brain time to how I would put one together. A rough draft later and I had these.

Pure luck I think Cheesy but I love the result. A little clear spray sealer would probably make these a permanent, if delicate, addition to a jewellery chest.
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2010 10:11:54 AM »

Wonderful tutorial, spectacular finished prject!  I'm thinking about doing these in purple and green, they'd be perfect thistles.  I'd like to add, if I may, that you have incredibly beautiful fingernails.  Totally strange, I know, but the photos are very close up, and I just had to tell you! ; P
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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2010 03:46:01 PM »

Absolutely beautiful! I'm hitting "this rocks". Happy Australia day!
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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2010 04:00:57 PM »

Thanks for the feedback aedara. And I must say, fantastic avatar. I am researching Alphone Mucha's art at the moment for inspiration Cheesy. Purple and green would be great and I agree, they would make fabulous thistles. Thanks for rocking my fingernails too! I was really quite self-concious displaying my hands, it's hard to keep long nails when you are cutting, sculpting and painting so i never have long manicured nails. I feel much better now though!

Thanks Indiana, happy Australia Day Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2010 06:06:25 PM »

thanks for the tutorial!
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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2010 08:48:58 PM »

No worries darkangelwingz. Enjoy!
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