Saturday, 28 May 2011

Doubling up

This title takes me back to my student days and a summer job where I was tasked with doubling up, where all I did for a whole shift was placing one piece of bread dough on top of the other and squashed them together. In the case below I have taken one peyote flower and put it on top of another to create a more firmer and structured flower compared to the single flowers in my last post.

Creamy Peyote Flower

Mandy from Beads for Brains:365 asked me a couple of questions so I thought I would provide some more detail about these pieces for those interested. The peyote flowers are quite floppy but if you make another layer off set from the first layer this helps to make the piece more structured.

The flower above is made using light cream nymo thread and Ivory Cream Ceylon 11/0 Toho Seed Beads from beadservice for the base flower and size 15 silver lined opalesque jonquil beads (which I bought quite some time ago) from Fusion Beads for the inner flower. The base flower spans 30mm at its widest whilst the inner spans 20mm.

Finishing the flower with a central pearl or crystal would help keep its shape and if the petals have a tendancy to flip up or fold over just use a few well placed stitches to fix the inner layer to the base layer (clear thread would be better for making these more invisible).

3 comments:

Mandy said...

Thanks Emma! I'm loving this flower! Those colors look extraordinary next to each other, looks like the perfect bridal flower! Will you be doing a pattern for your flower??

Eva Maria Keiser said...

Super layering...Happy Weekend!

Sparklysis said...

Thankyou for your comments. The basic flower pattern is not my design it comes from the "The Beaders Floral" a great book if you like flowers. This pattern has definitely inspired me and I hope to show some more of my own original designs soon.