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...
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...
Two days ago I started construction of my new miter bench. It will be constructed primarily of shop grade 3/4” Birch plywood and some left over bass wood for the top supports. My original plan was to build it similar to my last bench which you can see in my shop pictures with the only difference being no bottom shelf since it will have primarily drawers in each cabinet. Now I’m contemplating weather or not to include a face frame. Funny how you think you have it all planned out u...
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Yes I did use a pattern gotten out of one of the recent ScrollSaw Magazines. Made 2 copies of overall pattern, one to use as a guide when placing the cut pieces together and keeping them in order, the other to make numerous copies on my home printer to attach to the selected woods by using clear shelf paper with glue on one side found at Home Depot. These then are cut out to match any adjoining piece and placed on my master copy. Once completed with cut outs, creat the different depths you...
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. ...
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!...
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...
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...
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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