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. :)
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 six years now, and teaching French Beading through my website for about four years. I hope you'll join me on my blog so you, too, can Learn the Art of French Beading.
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