Poinsettias are also called Christmas Stars or Winter Roses. Their brightly colored leaves are often referred to as the flower, but really the flowers are the tiny bulbs in the center and the bright red "petals" are leaves (or bracts) that turn colors when the temperature changes.
They are symbolic of good cheer and success and are believed to bring wishes of mirth and celebration.
Last week I had a little burst of anticipation for the upcoming Christmas season so I started work on designing a Poinsettia pattern. I've made some small ones before in a wreath I made last year:
But I wanted something larger and I wanted to change the centers to be more accurate representations of the real flowers. So, here is my brand new design!
I formed the bead-wrapped stem into a base so it can stand on it's own! I really like making these sculptures. I've tried a few before but was never completely satisfied with the end result. But I am quite happy with this one. It is very likely that I will make another one in white and gold. Maybe even a blue or pink one just for kicks and depending on how much time I have.
The "flower" measures 7 inches across and the total height of the piece is 8 1/2 inches.
Here are a few more pieces I added to my shop since my last post:
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