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Organza Flower Tutorial

Organza Flower Tutorial

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Making a dimensional, textured fabric flower for decor, or ornamental use
Making a dimensional, textured fabric flower for decor, or ornamental use

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Published by: onyxnox on Nov 13, 2010
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Organza Flower Tutorial
Copyright Onyxnox Creations. Feel free to use this tutorial but please credit the creator. Please do notreproduce this tutorial anywhere else. Please use a link to this instead. Thank you.
Pretty flowers made from layers of organza. They can be made intodécor or ornamentation for jewelry, hair, or clothes. They remind meof peonies. Here is a free tutorial to share how I made mine.
Materials
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Organza fabric
Flower template in graduated sizes (optional)
Scissors
Heat tool, heat source
Pins
tongs
Beads for centre of flowers, I used a combination of seed beadsand fresh water pearls
Needle and thread
Hot glue gun
Felt for base
Assorted decorative feathers, hair clips/combs, or pin backing if turning into a hair clip, or brooch
 
Directions
1.
Cut at least 8 pieces of organza fabric in graduated sizes. I useda flower template from my earlier attempts, for someconsistency in sizing and shape. Taking on piece in each size, Iused a marker to roughly outline the flower. Keep in mind thatthe material is very sheer so the marker will bleed through towhatever is under the fabric; use a piece of scrap paper toprotect your surfaces.2.Pin each of the matching sizes of fabric together and cut theflower shape out with scissors. Precision is not needed, just tryto keep the rough flower shape, and not have any loose threads.More than two pieces can be done at a time, if you want a fullerflower, or to do more than one at a time. So long as they arepinned together. 
3.
Warm up your heat tool. I used a Versa Tool from Wood Hollow. Taking one flower at a time, carefully use the heat tool to melt all
 
the cut edges to prevent the organza from fraying. Sand off themelted debris from the heat tool with fine grit paper later. Acandle can be used too, but I like the heat tool for moreprecision. This does not take very long; just a light touchingalong the edges. The heat tool can also be used to shape thepetals slightly, if there are coarse edges. 
4.
Warm up a larger heat source (I used my stove, but a candle canstill be used). Hold each single flower over the heat source,using the tongs to protect your hands. Gently move the floweraround, rotating gently, until the edges curl and the centre cups,until you are satisfied with the general shape of the flower.Repeat for all layers. This does not take long on high heat, sokeep a close eye on the petals. They may start to curl and rufflevery quickly, or they may take a moment or two. My elementcycles on and off, so depending on what part of the cycle I amon, it could be quicker or slower.Pictured on the left of the second picture is what the layers looklike after treating over the heat source, pictured on the right isthe petals before treating over heat. You want some cupping of the entire layer, and ruffling of the petal edges to give dimensionand texture. DO NOT TOUCH THE FABRIC TO THE HEAT SOURCE– it will melt, and if you are using the stove, it WILL make a messon the stove!

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