It has now been 5 or 6 weeks since I started this project and I am pleased to say that I am finally finished! This has been a great adventure and I certainly hope my customer will be happy with her bouquet.
Here are the finished pictures. :)
The bouquet is 10 inches wide by 11 inches tall and weighs just under 4 lbs. The handle has been wrapped with ivory ribbon and lace. :) It turned out so much better than I even dreamed. I wish I could get married again so I could make my own bouquet out of beaded flowers. But maybe I will just remake my bouquet in beads for a keepsake version. Anyways, I've got plenty of more ideas for bouquets and I definitely plan on making more.
I've been asked to do a blog on the design process for this bouquet, and how I chose the flowers and colors and such, so I will do that in a few days when I have a bit more time to sit down and type out all my thoughts.
I do have two more (much smaller) custom orders. One for a hair vine/hair pin set, and the other for a ruffled rose. I will also be working on some Peonies for my Peony pattern which I will hopefully have done in August.
Thanks everyone for all your kind words and support through this project. You guys are seriously awesome!
I am finally in the last week of this bouquet. I feel like I've been working on this forever and I really really want to be done so I can see the results of my labor and so my customer can have her beautiful bouquet. My family is ready for me to be done too, since I've been up late most nights and working a bit during the day too - which I don't always do.
All of the large flowers I need for the bouquet are done. The last three I added are the two large Dahlias and a darker pink rose, which you can see at the very bottom of the second pic.
It won't be as large once I get it all assembled in bouquet form. It will be a round shaped bouquet with a ribbon and lace wrapped "handle".
So, that's where I'm at right now. The rest of the week I am working on Astilbe. I will be doing 5 smaller sized sprigs without leaves. So they will be the size of the pic below. I might do a couple of them with another layer of little branches.
Then I will be doing Billy Balls (Craspedia). Those are going to be tricky.
After I finish this bouquet I do have two more custom orders, but they are smaller. One for a hair vine and hair pin set, and the other for a ruffled rose.
Etsy has finally rolled out their new system for collecting VAT for digital downloads for EU customers. Now Etsy will automatically detect your location and show you prices inclusive of the VAT rate for your country. So, if you are in the EU or any other country that has adopted new rules for taxing digital downloads it will look like my PDF pattern and tutorials prices have gone up (in my Etsy shop, my Payhip shop has been collecting them for some time). For those of you in other countries that do not have taxes based on buyer location for digital downloads, the prices will remain the same.
Here is Etsy's blog on the issue:
Oh boy has it been a week already? Time always seems to go faster when you have a deadline to meet. And mine is fast approaching. The next 2 weeks are going to be pretty crazy around here. I still have a lot to do and not much time to do it.
This week is Dahlia Week, but it looks like Dahlia week will be extending into next week a bit as well. My two year old dumped out the beads for the second Dahlia, into long carpet (the only place I have long carpet in my house) and I couldn't save very many of them. So I had to order in more of them because they were a specific color. Of course they weren't cheap. Kids are lovely. He better be glad he's only two. No worries, I have plenty to do while I wait for the new beads to arrive.
Here is a preview of the first Dahlia. It was very difficult to get a picture of this because I just couldn't hold all the petals together nicely and on my tabletop the petals kept sliding around, so I had to put it on my carpet (which could use a good run over with the carpet cleaner).
I will be making the tiny center petals today and hopefully I will be able to assemble it all tonight. *Fingers Crossed*. Once finished this Dahlia will be somewhere between 6.5 and 7 inches wide, which is pretty huge. I might make the second one a tad smaller just so it doesn't overwhelm the bouquet. Most of the petals had to be laced twice, so my fingertips are sore.
This is the picture my customer sent me to replicate. I think I'm doing pretty well!
I've also made the mini Dahlia I need for my boutonniere. I just need a Craspedia and a few more leaves to complete the boutonniere.
Next week when I post again I should have pics of both completed Dahlias and hopefully some other stuff.
Oh I almost forgot. I had someone contact me about turning one of my Ruffled Roses into earrings. I wasn't sure if I actually could, so I tried miniaturizing it to see how small I could make it. My fingers must be getting faster at scallops because it only took me about an hour to make all the petals. Had to use 15/0 beads, smaller wire, and I had to alter the pattern. The mini one is 2 inches wide. Unfortunately, even mini sized they are just too heavy for earrings. But, since I have this mini ruffled rose just laying around I will be making it into a necklace just as soon as I finish up these custom orders (I have another one after the bouquet and boutonniere). I already have a design in mind for the necklace and I'm excited to try it out!
Today is the final day to contact me about the special order for Parawire 22g Ultra White. If you want in, please let me know by the end of the day! See previous blog post for full details. We do have 17 rolls committed at this point, so we've passed the minimum and any extras will just be icing on the cake.
Also, I finished my Peonies! My customer and I decided that two Peonies was plenty. Otherwise the bouquet would have too much coral in it. But we did add on a regular rose in a darker rosy pink.
My Peony pattern will be the pattern I publish in August, so watch for that! I will be doing a full peony, a half open, and a bud. Along with the leaves, naturally. :) There are 2 or 3 little tweaks I want to make first.
For the rest of the week I am working on foliage for the bouquet, which I already have partially made. Then next week is Dahlia week! I am making two of those, about 5-6" across each, one light pink, and the other a peachy pink-y color. Three more big flowers then the rest are fillers. Three more weeks and I will have the bouquet and matching boutonniere finished. Phew. My fingers don't hurt anymore, though. I think they went numb. :S
Today my post goes out to all the other French Beaders who are reading my blog.
I've been in contact with a rep from Parawire about their Ultra White wire. It is currently the only pure white wire on the market. The only problem is that it is a softer wire due to it needing a thicker coating to be white. Thus the 24g feels like 26g and the 26g feels like 28g.
Now, they offer their Ultra White in 20g but not currently in 22g. I've been trying to convince them to offer 22g Ultra White. Being a softer wire it would be a bit softer than their other 22g colors, hopefully pretty close to the way regular 24g wire should feel. But honestly, even if it is a little stiffer than a regular 24g I would prefer working with that than the soft 24g ultra white they have now. It does not do a very good job at supporting petals.
Here's the deal, before they will consider producing it for us they want a commitment from me to purchase at least 15x 500 foot spools of the wire. Total cost for 15 spools this size is "around $500" + shipping. Each spool will cost "around $34" + shipping. (Regularly their 22g is sold on 100 ft spools which are $6.95 each so the price is about the same).
As of this morning I have 8 spools accounted for. We need at least 7 more or no one gets any at all!
If you don't want to commit to a 500' spool (which really is a lot of wire), then I would be willing to separate it out into 100' spools for any interested parties. I would have to buy some little empty spools to put it on, but it would pretty much be sold at cost ($7.30 USD + shipping).
Because I can't have them separate the order and ship to multiple addresses I would have them ship the full order to me and then I would ship it out to all those who order some. So, total cost would be $34 x how many spools you want + shipping to you.
Shipping in the US is fairly cheap:
1x 500' spool - $6
2x 500' spool - $9
3x 500' spool - $11
4x 500' spools - $13
1 to 4x 100' spools - $6 for a padded flat rate envelope
But honestly if you want 4 of those smaller spools you might as well just get a 500' one for a just a little more.
I would need the payments made before placing an order so, if you want in on the order please email me within the next few days! Or if you know someone who may be interested please pass the info on to them.
If we can show enough interest in this gauge wire maybe they will eventually have it as a regular product. If not, then this may be your only chance to get it!
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 teaching French Beading through my website for about four years.
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