Step-by-step tutorial for flower prepared Kit witch you can buy (here)
Before we will start to create flower download A4 pattern here – [DOWNLOAD]:
|1.||Cotton white hard 25×25||2|
|2.||Artsilk “New Gold Satin” white hard 23×25||1|
|3.||Artsilk “Usukinu” white hard 23×25||1|
|4.||#20 Braided floral wire green||1|
|5.||#24 Braided floral wire green||2|
|6.||PVC Tube 3mm||1|
|7.||Flower foam egg-shaped core 28х35mm||1|
|8.||#11 Green powdered dye (F series)||1|
|9.||#2 Magenta powdered dye (F series)||1|
|Part of flower||Fabric/material||Wire||Tool nozzles|
|Petals||Face – Cotton “Crepe”||Ball 30mm|
Smooth spoon 5mm
|Leaves||Face – Artsilk “New Gold Satin”|
Back – Artsilk “Usukinu”
|#24 green||Knife to make veins|
|Calyx||Face – Artsilk “New Gold Satin”||Smooth spoon 5mm|
|Stem||PVC Tube 3mm||#18 green||Awl|
|Flower center||Flower foam egg-shaped core 28х35mm|
Explanation of the pattern:
P – petals
L – leaves
C – calyx
Number specifies a quantity of the flowers parts.
B – Back fabrics for lining. Must be duplicated on lining cloth (Usukinu)
Diagram of placing the petals on Cotton Crepe fabric with dimensions of 46x25cm. The rest of the fabric can be used for additional petals, at your own discretion:
Diagram of placing the leaves on Artsilk “New Gold Satin” fabric with dimensions of 23х12.5cm:
! Remember, you do not need to cut out the lining cloth “Usukinu” separately by templates, since it is cut out in place after gluing with the face fabric. See the following paragraphs.
Stages of work:
1) Cut out the flower pieces from the provided cardboard pattern.
2) Place the cardboard blank on the fabric and circle it with a pencil. Below is a diagram of applying a pattern on the fabric, which can help you to save on cuts.
3) Proceed to dyeing. Prepare brushes, little bowls for mixing, palette and lukewarm water. By using a pipette, pour a little water into each bowl as shown in the photo. Gradually add concentrated dye in small amounts, of about two or three match heads.
Place the petals cut out from the fabric on the newspaper or special blotting paper according to their dimensions, not to get confused later during hot-pressing and assembling. Lubricate the petals with water by a brush – this will let the dye to be evenly applied to the dyeing surface. By using the palette, mix a small amount of the diluted dye #2 with water. Apply this tint on the petals.
Proceed to dyeing the edges of the petal. I recommend using a thinner brush, for example #2. In the same way, proceed to dyeing the leaves and the lining cloth – use the dye #11. You can also use the dye #2 on the lower parts of the leaf to give a more expressive hue. Try to experiment!
4) Hot-pressing. To iron the petals, I use a soft sponge and a 30mm hemisphere nozzle. Preheat the soldering iron to a temperature just above average. Take care that the fabric does not burn and does not stick to the surface of the nozzle.
Give each petal a convex shape. Next, use a 5mm Smooth Spoon nozzle and a middle sponge to iron the edges of the petal. Please iron small inner petals from the inside, while the outer petals – from the outside.
5) After all the petals are ironed, proceed to gluing the leaves. Before you start gluing, arrange a suitable composition from the leaves and wire. Cut the excess wire by wire cutter. Stick the wire #24 (green) to the leaf with hard glue. Note: the glue to be applied on the wire, not on the leaf.
Now apply soft glue on the entire surface of the leaf. In order to spread the glue evenly over the surface, I use a small piece of glass. First, apply the glue on the glass, then attach the leaf to it and thus transfer the adhesive layer on the leaf without excess glue. Glue all the green leaves to the lining cloth. Make sure that all parts are glued free of gaps.
Now cut out all the glued leaves and the calyx. Do not throw away remaining clippings of the lining cloth “Usukinu”, since you can use them for the winding of leaf stems. Cut them into strips.
6) Proceed to hot-pressing of the leaves’ veins. Use a knife or a Japanese hook, the knife makes more sharp veins. To work with the calyx, use a 5mm Smooth Spoon.
Make a branch of the leaves and glue the stems with the pre-cut strips from the remains of the “Usukinu” fabric. Use soft glue:
7) Assembling. Pass the wire #20 through the foam egg as shown in the photo. This will be our flower and stem core.
Begin to stick the petals to the egg, start with small petals, then medium and large at the end. If desired, you can add wool along the contour of the bud bottom, to give it a larger shape. Usually this method is used when there are a few of petals.
Spread glue on the wire and insert a PVC tube.
Make a hole in the tube in order to insert the stem with the leaves. Use a truncated awl.
Well done! Good job!
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