Monday, May 6, 2013

Mini Roses: Second Post - Complete

Well, my sister liked her tulips and even knew they were tulips when she opened her gift so I consider the gift a success!

It's time to go on to the Roses.  The container for these guys have gone through quite a few revisions in my head.  Originally I was going to paint a terracotta pot white and add some little decorative swirls to it.  Then I thought of using a glass vase and filling it with decorative sand in an interesting pattern.  So I did what I normally do when I'm unsure of what I want to do, I talk to my sister. She seemed as thrilled with the terracotta pot idea as I was, and she said the sand idea could take focus away from the main part of the piece, the roses.

Her idea was to use a glass vase, and use a crackle medium.  I thought this would be a cool idea, but I didn't want the crackle on the outside I wanted it on the inside.  So I did some research and never found if the medium would work in reverse, I might test this out one day though.  While researching I came across a pinterest pin that I thought would be a great idea.

I was going to take pictures as I did it, but I forgot, so here are my finished attempts:
My mother actually helped me with these a little.  She was holding up a towel to keep the over spray from getting everywhere.  It was a little windy.  I wasn't sure which one I was going to use at this point.  The size of the bunch was going to determine that.

I was going to work on this tomorrow, but I wanted to work on something and I ended up working on this.  With the next picture I added the leaves to the flowers, wrapped the stems with floral tape and have started wrapping everything around a stem wire with 34 gauge wire.

Below everything is wrapped together, now I just need to shape it and figure out which "vase" I'm using.

Below I've arranged the flowers and found the smaller vase is the best fit.

Add a bit of floral foam surrounded by moss, add the flowers and you're done!
To get the idea of the size, the vase is actually a votive candle holder.  Now I just need to stow it away until Mother's Day this Sunday.

Project Stats:
Pattern: Mini Roses
Flower Design: Dalene Kelly
Arrangement Design: Me
Started: April 24, 2013
Finished: May 6, 2013
Beads: 11/0 Czech Seed Beads
Wire: 26 ga. floral wire and Artistic Wire


  1. These beaded flowers are so lovely. I saw an amazing rosebud somewhere online, may FB?

  2. Found it!

  3. For some reason it's not letting me see it. I love to see other people doing the same crafts as me, especially ones that can be categorized as "old".