I've made plenty of roses, and I think the ones I've made thus far have been pretty good. But I never was quite happy with the shape of the petal. I needed a break from tutorials, so I decided to take a few days and try out a new technique to see if it could improve my roses.
The method I used is seen more often in beaded flowers made by Russian artists, but I'm not sure if they name their techniques. If they do, Google doesn't translate the names well. But, I've heard this technique called a Y-Frame by US artists, and that seems a fitting title. I've played with it a little before but never could get it to look right, so I practiced a little more and I think I've managed to make a nice rose! I do much prefer the shape of these petals. The technique I used allows more shaping possibilities. I think I just need to work on my center petals a little.
It's a larger sized rose! The flower head is 4.5" across. For this Rose I used Parawire's 24 gauge silver and Artistic Wire's 24 gauge green. Not sure I'll use 24g Artistic wire for larger pieces ever again because it's really soft. I'll just save it for small pieces. The beads are Toho's Silver Lined White Opal and Transparent Olive AB, and Miyuki's Silver Lined Old Rose.
I also found some time to finish some hair pieces that have been sitting on my desk waiting to be attached to combs. I think I'll make a smaller version of each as well.
If you notice in my pictures, I now have my signature, a copyright symbol and my website obnoxiously bold on my pictures. Recently I've come across several sites where many of my pictures are being reposted. That itself isn't really the issue. If you want to share my work, feel free to do so. But when you share it, please include my name as the artist. From now on all of my pictures will have those on there. For now they are in less obtrusive locations, but if they are frequently being cropped out or removed I will make them more obnoxious. I don't like feeling like I have to do this to protect myself.
For my Free Tutorials, I've seen the pictures copied and pasted from my tutorials onto other sites. I have a blurb at the end of every tutorial asking not to do this. I'm sure the people who are doing it are not trying to be malicious. Many don't know about copyright or intellectual property laws and that my pictures (even the ones in the free tutorials) are protected by them. Just because a picture is on the internet does not mean it's public property. Please know that if multiple people are reposting those images on their own sites, google may ding my website for it and I can lose my standing on search engines. Also, if a site larger than mine gets a hold of them, they can rise above me in search engines using my pictures. I am a business and I depend on those tutorials to help bring traffic to my website, and if people are constantly stealing my tutorials then they are also stealing my traffic and possibly negatively affecting my website. I love being able to provide them, and I don't want to have to get rid of them or stop doing them because I know that they've helped many people. But I've worked so hard on this website, using my own time and resources to build it from the ground up, and I don't want my own pictures used against me. If you want to share my tutorials, please do it with a link! Pin them on Pinterest, share the link on Facebook or Twitter or Google +.
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