Here is my completed Bonsai! This little tree will be keeping my husband company at work. :) I found a cute little dollhouse bench that I wanted to put under it, but it turns out it was too big in relation to the tree, so it will be saved for a later project. I have a cool idea for it, which I will keep to myself so it can be a surprise later. Muahahahaha.
I was fortunate to receive a custom order on Zibbet for a Pansy brooch. So I'll be working on that for a few days before jumping back in on my Orchids. :)
Last time I showed you guys my French Beaded Pansies, and I added a couple pics at the end of some works in progress.
I finished the necklace:
I really do love it and I'm very excited for this new branch. Most certainly I will be making many many more of these. In fact, I already started a new one.
Here's what I have so far:
It's likely that the components will be moved around a bit, since I'm going to be adding in a couple of off-centered sparkly white and gold Orchids on one side.
I had a minute earlier this week, so I worked up a couple of wedding hair pin sets. One of them follows with May's Orchid theme.
Now, for my Husband's Anniversary Gift. It was going to be a Weeping Willow, but it was being a brat and I was having some issues. Here's a bad angle of what I had.
I was worried I wouldn't finish in time, so I switched to a Cherry Tree Bonsai. It's not finished quite yet. I need one more section of branches, then I'm going to go back in and add more branches where it needs more fullness. Then I can pot it.
Last night my brain wouldn't let me sleep. It happens sometimes. I didn't fall asleep until after 5 am. But, I did manage to think up a few new ideas! And a few easy improvements for what I already make - which I'm actually surprised I didn't think of before. For a while I've been thinking about a new name for my little business, and I figured out a couple of ideas for that last night. I thought they were really great until my husband said they were "just okay". *SIGH*
At the end of April I started having some issues making my fingers make more Daisies, so I decided to try a smaller project that I've been wanting to do for a while.
The Pansy's name comes from the French word "pensée" which means "thought". Thus the Pansy flower is considered a symbol of remembrance.
I had a few failures while I was trying to figure out the best way to make the heart shaped petals, getting the color patterns right, and then making the most realistic sizing for the smaller petals. While researching, I discovered that there are a couple of different types of leaves. I decided to use larger frilly leaves to fill in space and add more green. And also because every other french beaded pansy I've seen uses those thinner grass-like leaves, and I wanted to be different.
I also had a few failures as I was trying to pot them. I thought since they were smaller flowers that floral foam might work, which would also result in a potted plant that wasn't too heavy. It didn't work. The flowers just spun around in the foam... So I turned to floral clay, which I've used successfully on many occasions. But for some reason, it didn't want to hold the pansies either. So... I decided to use plaster. Of course, holding that many separate stems still while the plaster set was a problem. Silly me decided to use a small piece of stiffer foam in the very bottom to hold the pieces in place. Then I found out that foam floats in plaster. So I got to hold it down for a good 20 minutes while it set. Still easier than tying down each piece. :)
Here are a few sneak peeks into what I'm working on this week:
I started a necklace last week, and I'm currently waiting on a shipment of the final pieces I need to finish it. I might make another one with Orchids, since the Orchid is May's Flower of the Month.
My 6th Wedding Anniversary is on the 10th, and I wanted to make something special for my husband. So I'm making him a beaded Bonsai tree. I'm hoping it will look like a Willow Tree when I'm done. I've never made a Bonsai before, and I don't know how many of these droopy willow branches I'll need, but they work up fairly quickly, so I think I'll be able to finish in time.
If I need a break from making willow branches, I will start playing around with shapes and sizes for Cymbidium and Phalaenopsis Orchids. :)
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