Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Melty flower tutorial

Back to the flower making. I'm not sure why I just crave flowers so much right now. Perhaps because I had to prune my only rose bush on the weekend, so now there is nothing but green outside my window.

Anyway, today's tutorial is a bit more time-consuming, but not really any more difficult than the last. Also, it involves FIRE - so not safe for kids. Or people who've been consuming riesling.

So here is what you need:

  • A candle

  • A bunch of synthetic materials. Scraps or remnants are great - they are cheap, and it doesn't matter (much) if you accidentally set them on fire

  • A bucket of water - in case of emergency (seriously!)
  • Scissors
  • Some circular templates (I just used a CD and some rolls of tape)
  • A pen to mark your fabric
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Button/beads
Firstly, mark and cut some circles from your fabric. If, like me, you hate wasting time, fold the fabric and pin it first, then cut through heaps of layers at once. Then cut the circles into some approximation of a flower (being exact is not important).

Then all you need to do is SLOOOOOOOWLY hold and rotate the flower near the candle flame (not in it). This is where the bucket of water will come in handy if you get a bit close. Makes an interesting texture in the fabric though!

I recommend doing this somewhere well ventilated - melty plasticy smell gives you a headache after a while. Just melt the flower edges, one piece at a time. They will curl in (the degree that they curl is up to the fabric type and the candle to decide).

When you have a number of pieces, just layer them in a way that looks good, and stitch together. You probably want to sew some beads or a button in the centre to cover the stitches.

Here are some of the finished products...

I think I'll wear the first one in my hair or on my shirt, but the pink ones are a little too girly even for me... however there is a special little girl out there who I hope will love them!

The manager at Glassons asked me where I got the flower in my hair, and she thinks I should sell them! Yay!

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