I mentioned that my flower of the month for January is the Calla Lily.
In the Victorian Language of the Flowers, Calla Lily's mean "magnificent beauty". Well known for their elegance, they are a popular wedding flower.
They come in a variety of colors: white, yellow, orange, red, pink, maroon, purple, and super dark purple. Most varieties grow 12-24 inches tall, but some can reach 4 feet! They are a tropical plant native to Africa. The showy, trumpet shaped part of the flower is called the spathe, and is actually a leaf. The real flowers are in the finger-like center, which is called a spadix. Their green leaves are arrow-shaped and sometimes have white flecks. Guys, I feel a little betrayed, because they aren't even lilies. They are classified as aroids - whatever the heck those are, right?
They are also poisonous. :) So... don't eat them.
So, that's what I'm going to be making this month. I finally got all the pieces I need to make them, and while I was gathering all the information for a custom order that came in today, I was able to make up one "spathe".
It's basically just one giant, pointed petal, laced as many times as necessary (4 times for me) to help it hold its shape after it's been curled up.
I'm using pearl white seed beads and 26g white wire, with 32g antique white wire for the lacing.
I took the pictures on a beige background, hoping that would help the white petals show up better, but it doesn't seem to have worked very well. You may have to tilt your screen a bit. :S Sorry.
I think I'm going to be making two of my Calla's this size, and then one a little bit larger. (I need three for the wall hanging I'm making). I think I'm also leaning towards leaving off the vase, and go for a more wild flower look. But I will be doing either fern leaves or really long and thin leaves for the background. :) Click Here for the previous post, if you didn't get to read it yet.
This is a project box I use to easily transport all my supplies and keep them nicely together. Ask me how nice it looks at the end of a project... haha.
No, I haven't yet finished the bracelet I've been working on. But I'm getting closer. I finished all the leaves. Now I just need to attach all three strands together. Hopefully I'll have it done soon so I can try out my first giveaway.
I mentioned at the beginning of the post that I was working with a customer about a custom order. So, for the next 3-5 days I will be working on a set of 6 bridesmaids rings. Modeled after this one, in pink:
Then I will be back to work on my Calla's and bracelet. :)
[Just a little side note: It's only 9 days into January, and I've had 4 orders! I'm very excited! 4 orders in one whole month was my previous record (which happened last summer) and it's been fairly slow since then. So, I'm pretty dang happy right now. :) I sure hope it continues! Especially as we enter wedding season. :) Woohoo!!]
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