Wild oats are very simple to make and very effective. Suitable for inclusion in a country style flower spray, or on a harvest festival cake.
A small piece of cream coloured paste is fed on to the end of half a fine manufactured stamen and the paste shaped to a slim teardrop. Vein both sides of the oat using any of the veiners with linear veins. This will also flatten the oat slightly. Pinch the bottom of the oat to a point and snip with a very sharp pair of scissors. Dust the oat with the very lightest hint of brown, and where the oat meets the stamen, dust with a hint of orchid white or similar.
You will need 7 or 8 for each stem and when taping these on to your wire (in this case 24g) leave as much of the stamen cotton visible as you can. The stamen cotton will bend with the weight of the oat...and they flitter!! Very realistic!
Cold Porcelain Roses and Daisies. All the elements in this spray were finished with Fabilo spray glaze. I'm not a fan of this glaze as it comes out of the can like water out of a fireman's hose, but it does make these flowers washable up to a point.
Close up's of a Daisy and a Rose from the arrangement pictured above. The daisy centre was dipped in amaranth seeds to give it texture.
The Sugar spray here features leaves made using the smallest and the largest of the ground ivy veiners. The longer leaves were made using the rib grass veiner and the small red flower was pulled. The flourish wire is a 24g wire which has been wrapped with burgundy stem tape.
Made in sugar, this clematis is not strictly botanically correct as the veiners used for both the flower and the leaves belong to two different clematis plants. There are more than 250 species of clematis, as well as many hybrids and cultivars. They come in a range of colours from the purest white to the deepest purple with a multitude of colours in between. The petal span can be as small as half an inch across and up to eight inches across.
This particular flower is approximately 6 inches across and was made using the largest clematis petal veiner and the set of clematis alpina leaf veiners.
The stamens were made using yellow cotton which had been stiffened using sugared water.
This Houttuynia plant has been coloured as the Chameleon variety.
After these leaves were cut and dried they were coloured randomly with a wash of green and left to dry. (Do not overwet your brush or the sugar will start to dissolve. Gin or vodka are good to water down your colours as they evaporate quickly,and although alcohol does leave a slight sheen, in the case of these leaves its not a problem)
They were then dusted with pale yellow carefully around the green, and a red petal dust to the edges of the leaves. Fine veins were painted in with red watered down petal dust and they were steamed to set the colour before being given a light coating of confectioners varnish.
The little flowers were made using the pulled method, the stamens being made with tiny balls of white paste dipped into polenta which had been coloured with green petal dust.
These are quite time consuming but well worth the effort.
This is a Rosa Rugosa, a Japanese plant in origin, but we see them as hedging, and probably don't notice how beautiful these flowers really are.
I have used the smallest Rugosa petal veiner for the flowers and all three Rugosa leaf veiners. The petals are wired.
The flower stamens were made using the wound finger method with pale yellow thread. After trimming to the correct size, the very edges of the cottons were dampened with egg white and dipped into polenta which had been coloured using yellow petal dust. The centre of the stamens was opened up and a very small piece of paste pushed down into it. This was brushed also with egg white and sprinkled with uncoloured polenta.
If you would rather not use egg white, use the sugar glue you would normally use.
Trillium & Gunnera Spray made in Cold Porcelain.
The Trillium were made using both Rudbeckia veiners and the dwarf gunnera made with the gunnera veiner.
The vines were loosely based on a mattress or wire vine.
Trillium flowers can be found in white, pink, yellow, red and the purple shown here. I'm told there's even a blue one....well you could use a bit of artistic licence and make them any colour you want to suit your chosen theme.
My son made this Alstroemeria, never having made a sugar flower in his life!!
It did take him several hours and several tantrums, but he got there in the end. I'm very proud that he achieved this!
It also proves that anyone can use these veiners!
This little plant lives at the bottom of my garden (well it isn't actually that small. In fact it grows about 4ft high and like wildfire!) I've tried to get rid of it several times but it always grows back every Spring.
It's a Yellow Loosestrife. The flowers were made using the pulled method and all three sizes of the leaf veiners were used.