Just thought I would drop by and quickly try to update you on the progress I've made with my custom order of roses.
My bead shipment finally arrived! Yay! It was a most joyous occasion and I did actually dance a jig while holding my little box of goodies.
So I made some red petals. I want one of each color so I can have pictures. After Christmas these roses will be available for custom order through Zibbet and Etsy.
In case anyone has wondered what "lacing" is, I thought I'd include a close-up of one of the petals. This is the backside, the side you don't see. I try to match the lacing wire as closely to the petals as possible so it won't be very visible.
This is an unlaced petal. See how all the rows are askewed? That's why lacing is necessary. It keeps your petals flat and holds everything together so when you curl the petals, there won't be any weird holes.
So now I have two roses and I need four more, and I have to be finished with them on Saturday so my customer can pick them up on Sunday. I do have a set of pink petals ready for lacing and assembly. Hopefully I'll be able to at least have them laced by the end of the day.
Today is my husband's last day of work before he's off for the holiday. Thursday he'll be gone ALL day, but he will be home Friday and Saturday, so he'll be here to watch the kids so I can get a bunch of work done those days. Hopefully by then I'll only need three more, which won't be a problem to finish since I will have two full days to play... I mean work. :)
Just to give you a breakdown of the time it takes to make one rose -
It takes me about 1.5 hours to make all the petals, another 1-1.5 to lace them all. And then 1/2-1 hour to assemble. 3-5 hours per rose. Back when I was first starting out, it took much longer.
Can't wait to make a full wedding bouquet out of these beauties!
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 about six years now, and publishing patterns and tutorials for three years.
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