Wire and Floss Flowers
While perusing online for ideas, I came across an ancient flower making technique called Ganutell. This is a craft that originated in Malta many, many years ago. The handcrafted flowers are very beautiful - a detailed and elaborate form of artwork. I discovered a simpler way for me, of making these beauties and one, I'd like to share with you. Just a few materials are needed to make these lovelies: Floral wire - 26 gauge Stem wire Embroidery Floss Wood skewer Wire cutter Scissors
Begin by wrapping wire around a wood skewer stick, reaching a length of about two inches or more depending on the size of petal you want to make. Cut wire, press coils together and gently slide the wire off stick.
Cut a piece of heavier stem wire about 5 inches long . . .
and insert into coiled wire. Fold in half, stretching coils and shaping spiral wire into a petal. Try to stretch coils evenly and uniformly. Press ends together and twist to close, wrapping the thinner wire around to secure.
Take floss thread end and wrap around base of coiled wire petal, tie in knot to secure. Begin to wrap floss across coils (parallel) maintaining snugness (not too loose or too tight) as you wrap.
Continue wrapping the floss between the coils until reaching the top end.
Push floss thread through top middle coil and . . .
pull floss thread down the center of petal to base, wrap around, knot and cut off excess floss.
Shape petal by bending near base.
Repeat steps for five more petals.
Because I planned on attaching the flower to a tin box, I scrunched aluminum foil into a ball, pressing it flat half way, as a center to attach the petals using hot glue (temporary) and E6000 for a permanent seal.
This technique to make unusual flowers is almost unlimited as your creative imagination!
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