Red is the Rose that in yonder garden grows...
Okay, so supposedly June and July are going to be Rose months. But now June is close to being over and I hadn't finished anything. I think after the hectic first week I had, my fingers just didn't want to bead very fast. (I had five orders in one week, two were custom orders, and packaging is very time consuming so I was up over my head and I nearly died!) One of those custom orders was for a rose... but I was in such a hurry that I forgot to take a picture of it. :S
This month I've been playing with several Rose things. I started a necklace, but my design flopped so I need to rethink things. Originally I had my beaded rose off-centered, but it proved to be too heavy. So I need to center it and re-bead the necklace strands and such. *Sigh* Unfortunately, since I don't work from patterns, many of my designs just don't work and I get to go back to the drawing board. In this case, I should have known this would happen, but I think my brain was numb and I was too excited.
Then I played around with a new rose pattern. I had a couple of ideas to improve the shape of my petals. One of my experiments failed. I was trying a new idea to make some heart-shaped petals. That combo of techniques didn't work out so well (I was doing a double scallop right at the top of the petal, so two scallops built on top of each other to form one big scallop). But I'm going to try one more time for heart-shaped with another technique. I'll let you know how that works out.
Another shape I was playing with was a wavy type. I think the technique I was using is actually a Ukrainian or Russian instead of the French method. :S I don't know. But I liked the result, I just didn't like that I couldn't do a reverse wrap at the bottom of the outer petals to hide the wires inside the flower. I will still be using this technique to make a few roses. Just not this time.
I ended up going through six hanks of these red beads, just playing around with petal shapes. :S I'm going to have to disassemble my mistakes to finish out this arrangement I'm working on.
So I made a large rose, bigger than my old design, but with the same basic round shaped petals. I did liven up my leaves a bit by changing the shape and size. :) And I really love the result.
It's very heavy though. This particular rose will be part of a larger rose arrangement. I'm going to make one bud and one smaller full rose along with more leaves. Possibly some baby's breath. :) But I did get up a custom-order listing in my Etsy Shop for the one stem. https://www.etsy.com/listing/193789556/large-french-beaded-rose-in-red-made-to?ref=shop_home_active_1
Next week I will be making a pattern for a smaller version of this rose, and it will be available for purchase in my Etsy Shop. :) I'm excited!
Hello everyone! It's been a busy few weeks for me, as usual. My sister came to visit with her baby, who I got to meet for the first time. I was pretty lazy while they were here, as far as chores and working on my flowers.
But I did manage to finish my potted Orchids.
What do you think? I live in a small town, and my selection of pots and bowls for potting is limited. So I found a regular glass one, then painted and sealed the inside before potting my Orchids in plaster with a covering of moss.
This piece will remain in my personal collection. I'm too attached to let it leave.
Tonight I begin work on a white Phalaenopsis Orchid hair clip, and that will, sadly, be my last orchid design. I had so many more ideas, but I just didn't get to make them. Oh well. They are now filed under the "later" category.
I redesigned my website... again. I'm just never satisfied.
Here's what I have planned for June:
My flower of the month will be Roses. I will be making quite a few of them, some with my old pattern. But I will also be trying out some new techniques to see if I can improve them a bit. Since I'm working on Roses, I will be making a pattern for them, which will be available for purchase once I'm done.
I only have a couple of accessory/jewelry ideas, so most of my work will be full flowers.
I also plan on doing a free tutorial for flower assembly. I showed a little bit about this at the end of my Daisy tutorial, but daisies only have a few stems to worry about, so I thought I would show assembly for multi-layered flowers.
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