Wooden Flower Bouquet

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Project by Rb12 posted 01-11-2016 02:06 PM 1032 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This turned out to be a lot more involved than I thought it would be and was really an exercise in patience.

I made two roses, a lily, two daylilies, and a sunflower. The pedals are thin pine shavings taken off a 2×4 scrap. I tried a number of species but only the pine was grain-less enough to not shred when I tried to manipulate the shavings. The stems are cedar that I carved and then fumed with ammonia. I did do some cedar leaves to transition between the flower and the stem as can be seen on the various lilies, the cedar worked well so long as the leaves weren’t very wide. The center of the daisy is yellow heart that I sanded to shape and used a small gouge to pock it. The middle of the daylily is cherry with walnut at the end. I did small thorns on the roses too, which don’t show up well (actually these pics don’t do them justice, everyone I have shown these two has been pretty impressed). They are very delicate though.

Finish was just spray shellac. I glued everything with crazy glue so I got a fast setup… which worked great so long as I didn’t get any on my finger because removing my finger usually meant shredding the pedal ;-)

Thanks to LJ MightyWood for the design idea:

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#1 posted 01-11-2016 06:02 PM

WOW! This looks truly amaizing and realistic. At least you don’t have to water it. I admire your skill and patiente.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 01-11-2016 08:12 PM

thx man. I had to walk away from them a few times as I was getting so infuriated by the pedals getting torn or mangled :-)

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#3 posted 01-12-2016 05:02 AM

I like growing flower during the summer, interesting to be able to create them in the winter. They certainly are frost tolerant. you are a artist, Not everyone could do this. Beautifully done.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 01-12-2016 02:12 PM

thx Brian. IDK, they are pretty thin, I wouldnt trust exposing them to frost ;-p

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#5 posted 01-12-2016 02:12 PM

This is a nice project and I bet that you learned a lot.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 01-12-2016 02:32 PM

Beautiful flowers.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#7 posted 01-12-2016 10:25 PM

Just had to comment on this…that’s a lot of patience and creativity. Very well done!

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