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Blog series by Ronbrush updated 06-18-2017 03:20 AM 8 parts 60624 reads 22 comments total

Part 1: Making the Wood Shavings

03-23-2014 09:15 PM by Ronbrush | 3 comments »

Some people have asked me how I make wooden flowers like the ones in my spring bouquet. I hope that this tutorial helps those of you who want to make your own flowers. I’ll try to add to the blog as time permits and when I have something that I feel might be useful to add. Your comments are appreciated! Ron —————————————————————————&...

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Part 2: Flattening the Shavings

03-23-2014 09:38 PM by Ronbrush | 4 comments »

Step Two – Flatten the Shavings The shavings need to be flat so they are usable for flower making. This is easily done by soaking the shavings in a container of water for ten minutes or more. The shavings will still be curled but running a hot iron on the shaving as it is unrolled will evaporate the water and leave a flattened strip of paper-like wood. Please don’t use the iron that you use for ironing clothes and other fabrics! The process described here is not kind to the iron as y...

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Part 3: Cutting the Petals

03-24-2014 01:02 AM by Ronbrush | 2 comments »

Step Three – Cut out the Flower Petals If you wish to make a rose like the ones in my spring bouquet, you will need 28 flower petals for each rose. You can eliminate one or two rows but the result is less impressive in my opinion. The petals are arranged in layers or tiers when the flower is assembled. It helps to cut out a template from stiff paper or card stock. Use a soft pencil to trace the shape onto the basswood shavings. A sharp pair of scissors will do the job of c...

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Part 4: Starting the Assembly

03-24-2014 02:24 AM by Ronbrush | 6 comments »

Step Four – Assemble the Centre Petals I prepare the petals by soaking them in water for a few minutes to make them pliable. I set a few petals on tissue to absorb excess water before gluing. I use cyanoacrylate adhesive because it is fast setting. Moisture helps to speed up the curing process. This makes it the ideal adhesive for this project. I also keep a can of acetone and several cotton swabs handy for those inevitable times when my fingers become part of a flower!...

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Part 5: Adding the Final Rows

03-26-2014 11:05 PM by Ronbrush | 1 comment »

Assembling Rows Four to Seven Adding rows 4 to 7 follows the same procedure as described in the previous section: The photo below shows the fourth row glued together and ready for bending. Notice again that the grain on these petals runs crosswise in order to create a soft curve when the row is bent and glued into a cone. Here is the result after the centre rows have been inserted. Remember to use the “centre guide” (see previous entry) to keep things aligned. ...

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Part 6: Adding Sepals (the Calyx)

05-17-2014 01:11 AM by Ronbrush | 2 comments »

If you have been waiting for the next instalment of this tutorial, I apologize for the delay! This step is not absolutely necessary but I think it adds character to the finished flower. I create a star-shaped calyx by cutting three dart-shaped pieces from along the length of a shaving. These pieces are then soaked in water to encourage them to curl. With all three pieces placed with curls moving in the same direction, they can then be glued at the centre to form the calyx as shown below...

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Part 7: Making a Leaf/Flower Stem

05-17-2014 04:01 PM by Ronbrush | 1 comment »

Wire SizeIn making flower stems, I use several gauges of galvanized wire, ranging from 14 GA to 30 GA as well as single strands from picture wire. Although some people use thin brass tubing (available from hobby shops), I have found that wires of varying gauges are sufficient to create a pleasing result for this project. I use two gauges of wire for each flower. The thicknesses will depend on the size of your flower – bigger flower, thicker wire. The heaviest gauge will form the flower stem a...

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Part 8: Adding Stem and Leaves to the Flower

06-18-2017 03:20 AM by Ronbrush | 3 comments »

To those of you who thought I had abandoned this blog, it is because of my wife’s ill health that I have not been able to continue with the tutorial until now. I apologize if you have been waiting all this time for the concluding entries. Thank you for your patience. Ron ——————————————————————————————...

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