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How to make Glass Flowers for a Fairy Garden using Your Lampwork Flower Tutorial 103

Here’s a FUN way to practice making your glass flowers from your Tutorial 103 & make something fabulous.

 Fairy gardens are so precious but finding unusual flowers befitting a mystical miniature garden is next to impossible. So I decided to make my own exotic flowers worthy of my fairy gardens and you can too!

 

glass lampwork fairy garden flowers by patsy evins

Front view. Artificial flowers with bird gives a perspective in size difference of the magical Fairy kingdom.

 

glass lampwork fairy flowers by patsy evins

Side view of my fairy garden. I used sparkly silver Christmas ribbon & greenery for pizazz!

 

glass lampwork fairy garden flowers by patsy evins

Get started with a basket, a small plant or 2 in pots. Put a plastic saucer in bottom of basket to catch water.

 

glass lampwork fairy garden flowers by patsy evins

I purchased tiny fairies from Hobby Lobby and painted them with iridescent & pearl acrylic paints that come in the little bottles.

 

glass lampwork fairy garden flowers by patsy evins

I made a circular balsa wood platform for my Fairy scene that fitted inside the basket and protruded past the basket’s edge.

 

glass lampwork fairy garden flowers by patsy evins

The lampwork techniques for the fairy garden flowers are the same techniques I taught you in Tutorial 103. (You learned 3 & 4 petal flowers.)

 

How to Make Fairy Garden Flowers on Wire…

1.    I start with steel wire. About 4 inches long is good.

2.    Use a pin vise to hold the wire. The wire will conduct heat down the wire as you work on the end in the flame. I try to keep my pin vise about a 1 ½ from the flower I’m making to keep the wire from bending as I manipulate the flower. ***TIP-Too much heat will overheat a metal pin vise and burn you, so be careful. You can wrap your pin vise handle with material to insulate it against the heat.

3.    It’s easier to keep your flame smaller while you get used to working tiny-tiny.

4.    Heat about ¼ inch of the tip of the wire. (just until it glows red). If you over heat the wire in the flame too long, you’ll melt the wire off.

5.    Put a ¼ inch dot of molten glass over the end of the heated wire, (the wire should be slightly glowing). If the wire is too cold, the molten glass will not attach securely. 

6.    Now, follow the directions in Tutorial 103 and make your 3 or 4 petal flower on the wire.

7.    Remember to keep reheating where the glass meets the wire or the glass will crack.

 

glass lampwork fairy garden flowers by patsy evins

I curled the end of the wire for more stability. I hot glued this to the platform.

 

glass lampwork fairy garden flowers by patsy evins

Slowly heat up an end of a twisty into a marble size ball. Then smash to make it flat. Stick in a heated kiln and anneal overnight. The next day, take that annealed twisty’s other end, slowly heat into small ball for the  flower’s center and add petals to form a flower. Angle twisty to resemble a stem. Anneal again. (2 day project)

 

glass lampwork fairy garden flowers by patsy evins

I glued encased flower beads on twisties,   then glued the flat base down.

 

glass lampwork fairy garden flowers by patsy evins

Take some of your Tutorial 103 flowers & glue the backs together to make a cluster. (Like the pink flowers)

 

glass lampwork fairy garden flowers by patsy evins

Cover the flower bases with moss.

 

glass lampwork fairy garden flowers by patsy evins

 

Give small Fairy gardens to friends and family for any occasion. They are so precious & unique. Succulent plants don’t need much water so they’re great for fairy gardens.

 

glass lampwork fairy garden flowers by patsy evins

Added Bonus… Making ‘Fairy Gardens’ qualifies for one of the 10 Tips to help you combat the “Winter Blues”. You can find out about the 10 tips in my January newsletter.

 

glass lampwork fairy garden flowers by patsy evins

I added tree bark, lichen & ball moss from my yard.

 

glass lampwork fairy garden flowers by patsy evins

 

Love making your miniature glass flowers? There are tons of Fairy garden enthusiasts out there! Just a thought. 🙂

Did this stimulated your creative juices on how to use what you learned in my Flower Tut 103? Check out the tutorial if you don’t have it!

 

Do you have any questions or more ideas about making fairy gardens????  Share them in the Comments below! 😉

 

– Patsy 

 

P.S. I’m working on a NEW jewelry collection using Tutorial 104’s Hydrangeas. Here’s a peek! Still a ways to go! I’ll share how I did it in the next “Lampwork Sparks” newsletter! 🙂

glass lampwork hydrangea flower pendant in copper wire by patsy evins art nouveau style

 

 

 

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About the Author:

Patsy Evins’ love of creating color rich artwork has been a long journey in her life. She received a BFA in drawing and painting and continued her studies for four more years in private art institutions. Her paintings have been exhibited and sold in Japan, Europe, the Far East, Puerto Rico, and the United States. She has been creating her sculptural glass lampwork art for over 17 years.

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