are instructions for one flower. The same idea can be used for any
flower you may want to make. Keep in mind, that the smaller the leaf or
bloom, the smaller gauge of wire you will want to use.
you will need..
wire on a spool (anywhere from 18-22 gauge)
nail polish (the older and thicker, the better)
Green acrylic paint (or darker)
size soft bristle brush for paints
paper and paper towel
piece of Styrofoam
flowerpot filled with clay, covered with fine ballast.
wire to lengths of approx. 4 1/2 inches.
wires like Illustration #1.
about 15 leaves and about 9 flower shapes.
the shape by placing it across a 1/2" dowel to meet the other wire.
must be touching. See Illustration #2
off excess wire that forms the leaf or flower and then, using a knife,
form the point at the tip of the flower or leaf by pulling it out to a
the round or oval shapes of the leaf and flower as much as possible
brush of nail polish applicator with a generous amount of polish.
polish either under the bloom or over the top, whichever is easier for
polish by laying the brush horizontally across the blooms and leaves.
Start at one end and move slowly to the other end. See Illustration
patient - you may have to go across several times before polish makes a
solid "bubble" across wires. After a "bubble"
is made - lightly blow onto it to speed drying. You may have to
move the wire up and down to prevent a clump of polish forming in
center. You want an even thickness from one end to the other.
When you're sure it's not going to run, stick stem horizontally into
Styrofoam to prevent uneven thickness.
all leaves and blooms. Dry completely for at least one hour.
the polish is completely dry and not sticky, curve the leaves and blooms
over a dowel as in Illustration #4.
the backside of leaves green and the backside of blooms white.
in Styrofoam to dry. Illustration #5.
white stamen bulbs to a short length as in Illustration
a small amount of tacky glue onto wax paper and dip thread end into
glue. Using tweezers, place in the center front of bloom as in Illustration
#7. Let dry.
wires may need to be clipped off so they don't sit too high in pot.
The longest wire of blooms should not be more than 3 1/4".
The longest wire of the leaves should not be more than 3" tall.
leaves in pot starting in the center with the larger leaves. Work
your way to the outside edges with the medium and smaller leaves.
Add blooms in random areas, in with the leaves.
use new nail polish. It will not work well to form a bubble and will
take longer to apply.
hole appears in the "bubble" after you place it in the Styrofoam to
dry...don't worry, just repeat Step Two above.
nail polish does not work as well as painting the clear polish.
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