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« on: December 11, 2013 11:13:53 AM »

I started the project with creating the underlying structure for my flowers. I use a circle stencil and some thin white cardboard sheeting.

I fed a wire through the bottom of the largest (base) piece of cardboard and hot glued it in place, then layered the other pieces of cardboard on top.

I started placing my round petals. They are made from silk habotai bias-cut ribbon that I cut into squares and folded one at at time. They are glued in place with rice glue. Smiley

More petals.

...and more petals!

Here is what the finished piece looks like. I didn't take progress pictures of the dragon fly or the smaller flowers. Sad Sorry. The dragonfly's body is made from jewelry wire that I bought from my local craftstore and wrapped into the appropriate shape.

I hand dye all the colored silk myself using Jaquard silk dye and dye set. Each piece of ribbon is dyed, left to dry overnight, put into a dye set bath then rinsed out and left to dry again. Once they are dry the ribbons are ironed to remove any creases or wrinkles before being cut into squares.

I add small centerpiece jewels to the flowers for just a bit of sparkle. I have a large selection of rhinestones and faux plastic pearls as well as bead caps and faux flower stamens for this use. Even if I'm using several of the same type of flowers I can make each one slightly different by changing an element of its centerpiece.

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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2013 01:13:55 PM »

How lovely!

I would never have guessed your stunning creation would come from the humble origins of your first photo - tracing circles! It is so detailed. I LOVE the color pop of turquoise in there. The centerpiece jewels are awesome too. And all of the carefully-made petals! Fantastic stuff, it's such a pretty, fresh piece!
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2013 01:47:23 PM »

So very pretty and the little touch of color is just enough. Thank you for showing the progress shots, too. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2013 02:23:51 PM »

Thanks guys! Smiley I'm working on a bunch of projects for Christmas so I'll be posting more soon - simpler bobby pins and potentially some decorated boxes. I have a few larger scale projects that I will probably finish over the next few months as well - a bouquet and a an elaborate headband.

The flowers are really time intensive. :x But worth it, I think. It took about ten hours to finish this particular project. I think I will get faster the more I practice.

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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2013 04:31:44 PM »

Oh, this is just lovely!  I agree - I wouldn't have guessed the outcome from the first picture.   Amazing work.
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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2013 06:33:26 PM »

This is magnificent! Beautiful work!

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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2013 04:16:19 AM »

Thank you! I didnt really mean for it to be so surprising. I wasn't sure if it would allow me to select which image to display as the thumbnail or not so I just put the photos in the order they were taken. Hahaha. The turquoise for the dragonfly is a little darker than I had intended (its peacock blue looking in real life) but I think it worked out as a better contrast with the white flower.

I'm going to be working on. Set of bobby pins with blue orchids this weekend for another christmas fift (the dragonfly is a gift for my boyfriend's sister in law). I was thinking about doing a large sunflower as well. Any one have suggestions or ideas?

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« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2013 08:11:45 AM »

What patience you have to make these, but well worth the time as they are simply gorgeous.

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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2013 07:02:17 AM »

They look beautiful.  Silk isn't something I have ever worked with. Does it fray?

« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2013 07:07:46 PM »

They look beautiful.  Silk isn't something I have ever worked with. Does it fray?

Since I use bias cut silk it doesn't fray. Smiley

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