Making of the flower

I have completed the flower and I must say I am over the moon with it. The only thing I am worried about is the time it is taking me. We are doing a bit of renovations on the house, so painting the dinning room has been taking up my time (what little I have left while being a mum to my 1 year old and 3.5 year old boys).

But the room is all painted and now I will concentrate on this piece, a couple of other pieces I have in the making, and also my competition piece for the Freeman’s Bay Doll fair in September (but that one will be a secret 🙂

Soooo…here is the flower in the making

Creating the petals

First step was to create each petal.

I started with a piece of silky cotton cut into the petal shape and a piece of wire super glued to the back of it. But I wasn’t happy with the look of the material. So the next step was to glue a layer of white velvet materiel with Fabri-tac onto the cotton.

This picture show the velvet being glued to the cotton.

Attach petals to ring

Once all 12 petals were made I attached them to a metal ring by twisting there wire around the ring.

Next is to add the rod. I did this by making a round circle of chicken wire and taping it to the rod. The chicken wire was then tucked in under the metal ring. And a blob of superglue added to it to ensure the tape stays put.

I then covered the whole area underneath with green tissue paper including the rod and little triangle pieces along the petal wire.

Rod and Tube

The doll is positioned and the petal marked here I want her hand to sit. The armature line is then completed by adding a piece of rod in the tube, along the underside of the petal and up through the petal at the marked spot. Then covered with a piece of green tissue paper to match the other petals.


The doll is tested on the petals and I can see that since the petals have a wire all the way along them I am able to bend each petal completely giving me full freedom to move and position the flower to suit my needs.

Flower center

The last step was to add the yellow center. I tried several materials to get the right look, including paper, cardboard and materials, but just couldn’t get it quite the way I wanted.

Then one day I was tiding away some packing material and one piece was that grey soft spungie foam stuff. One look at it and I knew it was perfect. So I cut it to shape, painted it yellow and glued it on with fabrti-tac.

Finished – and I couldn’t be happier with it, its a beautiful flower and the doll looks awesome on it.


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