Friday, June 25, 2010
Tallulah Belle said...
They are just delightful Nina. Love the bead idea.
You are doing really great making flowers but here are a couple of tips that might help you with flower making of any kind.
If you want you blossoms to be a tad more crinkly, mist them very lightly with water and push very deep into something with more give than an eraser. Leave them to dry them pop them out. They'll be very crinkly and you can just open them up. I use Japanese rice paper but it should work with regular paper.
To assist with gluing leaves use a combination of white glue and a superglue. I use Sobo and zap a gap. Tacky glue can sometimes be too tacky and hard to get tiny amounts. Put a minute amount of glue on the stem then lightly dip the stem of your leaf in superglue. this might take practice as you barely need any and if you use too much it will blob. Thsi way the superglue holds quick while the white glue provides the strength.
I then paint over the glue with the same color as the wire.
A nice touch is to wait till it is all dry then very lightly dry brush the edges of the blossoms in a slightly different color. you barely need any paint and dont' want to make it too obvious but it will add depth to the flowers.
I tend to paint the inners before I shape the and find that easier.
Tissue paper makes great flowers but is hard to punch as a single sheet so try folding it then separating them after. I've not used tissue for anything I've sold as I don't know how long it will hold up for but I'd use it on something for me.