Acknowledgements: Photography and language support provided by David Osborne.
In this tutorial I will show you how to make a flower and introduce you to my special technique. There is more about this as well as some advanced designs in my book, available as an e-book from my website: http://www.nivescicinsain.com.
You will need
- a saw
- fine scissors
- masking tape
- two pasting brushes (one fine, one bigger)
- a length of dowel at least 3/8" (9mm) wide and 20” (500mm) long
- one modeling tool
- a permanent marker
- pliers/wire cutters
- coloured serviettes (napkins)
- table-tennis ball
- an empty plastic drinks bottle
With a waterproof pen, draw one ring near the top and one about half way down, before the bottle begins to taper. Join the middle line to the point of each point on the moulded base.
Draw a line between each pair of lines already drawn and curve to the point.
Before cutting the petals out, saw off the end at a point that is big enough to cover about a third of the table-tennis ball.
Cut carefully along the lines which curve round to the tip, to release each petal.
Cut wire that is about three inches (75mm) longer than the central line of each petal. Hold it in place with masking tape with about half an inch of wire (12mm) protruding at the petal tip.
Do this to each petal and cover the outside completely with masking tape. Fold the tape round the edge of the petal to the inside.
- Fixing wire in place with masking tape
- Firming down the masking tape