I was fortunate to receive a custom order from a nice lady in Australia this week. She ordered a red and black Tiger Lily with some fern leaves and gold baby's breath.
I finished the baby's breath last night, but I'm waiting on a confirmation from my customer. I might need to add on to the baby's breath. But, since I was waiting, I figured I had a little time to work on my Irises.
So far I have the flowers themselves assembled, and a couple of leaves attached to one stem. I stuck the others into the vase so you could get a good visual of what it'll look like when it's all done. I'm just doing two leaves per stem for now, since I'm going to sell individual Iris stems in my shops and they'll only have two leaves each that way. I need to wrap the stems with embroidery floss, then put the other leaves on their own stems to stick into my pot once I make the arrangement. I decided to forego the buds. :S But I like them just the way they are.
Also, a little side note. A few months ago I mentioned that I was working on an interview for Zibbet.com - one of my selling venues. Well, Zibbet's interview went live this past week, and I was their featured seller! Yay! See the interview here.
I hope my readers in the UK are having a wonderful Mothering Sunday today!
If beaded flowers are made properly, they will be around to bring you joy for many years to come. There are many antique beaded flowers still in existence today. To help keep your flowers in tip top shape and prolong their lifetime, they may require a small amount of maintenance and care.
- Cleaning -
If your flowers have accumulated dust, or if they have otherwise become dirty:
- First, try using a dry, soft cloth to remove the dust.
- If that didn't work, use a small amount of water on a soft cloth to rub out the grime. Some beads may become discolored if chemical cleaners are used.
- Avoid getting your flower stems wet, as this may damage the floral tape.
- Displaying -
- There are many types of finishes for seed beads, and some may fade over time when exposed to the sun. If you are unsure if your beads are subject to fading, avoid displaying your flowers in direct sunlight for extended periods.
- Keep them indoors! When exposed to the elements their integrity is compromised and they will have a much shorter life.
- Larger potted plants and wall hangings may bear a bit of weight. Use strong hooks and sturdy shelves to display them securely.
- While these flowers are durable, they are not indestructible and they are made from small pieces. It is best to keep them out of reach of small children and pets.
- If the flowers are knocked over and become misshapen or bent, they can be carefully remolded back into shape.
- Avoid overworking the wires by repeated bending back and forth. This will cause the wires to become brittle and break.
For March I've decided to work on a variety of Spring-time flowers. First up is the Daffodil.
Daffodils belong to the family Narcissus,and are also known as "Lent Lillies" or Jonquils. They are symbolic of new beginnings and rebirth, which makes them the perfect image for Spring! It is the birth flower of March, and the flower you give to your spouse on your 10th Wedding Anniversary. Legend says that a gift of a bouquet of Daffodils will ensure happiness, warmth and good fortune. But, being presented a single Daffodil will bring misfortune. :S
They grow in a variety of colors: all yellow, yellow/orange, all orange, all white, white/yellow, white/orange, red, and even pink! Their blooms grow anywhere from 1-5" wide. And, they are poisonous, so... don't eat them.
I went with yellow for my Daffodil stems, since those are the type of Daffodils I remember seeing in my mother's garden growing up.
They are up and listed in my Etsy Shop! I can do custom orders for other colors/sizes upon request!
I get to work on a custom order of hair pins tonight, then I will be remaking my Daffodil brooch. After that, I'll start on some Irises!
LAUREN'S CREATIONS has moved to it's new home on the web! Come drop on by my new website - BeadandBlossom.com - to learn the art of French Beaded Flowers.
Hello everyone! I am Lauren Harpster, the designer behind Lauren's Creations. I am a 28 year old wife, and a mother to three adorable little kids. I've been making French Beaded Flowers for six years now, and teaching French Beading through my website for about four years. I hope you'll join me on my blog so you, too, can Learn the Art of French Beading.