Bead and wire flowers are created using the techniques of Ganutell, a craft from ganutell kite petalthe Isle of Malta.   Ganutell offers unlimited opportunities for creativity, and anyone can learn to make these flowers. Feel free to browse the posts here for lots of information and instruction, check out the shop for supplies and ebooks, and join our Facebook group to ask questions and share your work with other enthusiasts.

Ganutell Wreaths

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I’ve made some wreaths with ganutell flowers, and thought I’d share a few photos.

These were fun to make, and I think they turned out well. This one includes some basic flowers in yellow and gold, and lots of ganutell leaves. And, of course, a little bling!

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Here’s another with white and silver flowers and some of the new paper leaves I’ve been working with.

If you want to try these, I used a 6″ grapevine wreath, and assembled with a little wire and some hot glue. Give it a try, then I’d love you to share what you’ve made in the Bead and Wire Flowers Facebook group here. The group is a great place for questions and to learn this lovely craft.

 

More Ganutell for Christmas

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Ganutell lavender in crystal mountHere’s some more photos of Ganutell flowers I made for the Christmas show produced by the South Cobb Arts Association in Georgia.

I’m always pleased at the unlimited opportunities to be creative with each unique piece. Don’t you love the soft lavender of this small arrangement? The petals are square, with rhinestone centers and crystals at the outer edges. I used my painted paper leaves, then mounted the flower in a crystal candle holder with broken shells at the base.

Purple Ganutell in white vaseHere’s a sweet little vase arrangement. I’ve used purple prepared thread with lots of gold bling, and Ganutell leaves to fill out the arrangement.

The larger flower is made with kite petals for the inner layer, trimmed in gold wire, and basic petals for the outer layer.

 

Purple Ganutell in white vase with buds

 

The smaller flower has basic petals, made longer with the use of beads in the center and at the tips, and also outlined in gold wire. Both flowers and the bud use lots of those pretty gold beads.

I’ve enjoyed very positive response to these Ganutell flowers, and am hoping for a successful show.

 

Love the gold ganutell!

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I recently posted about using wire in Ganutell flowers, rather than the traditional thread gold wire ganutell in vaseprepared with floss and fine wire. It’s been a while, but I’ve finally set a few of these wire flowers in an arrangement so I could share with you. Here’s the arrangement mounted in a black ceramic bud vase. These flowers are made using lots of gold crystals, gold wire ganutellwith smaller crystals on the tips of the petals. One has ganutell wire for stamens, and for the other I’ve used more crystals for the center. The wired leaves are made using gold paper, brushed with gold, red and green paint for some dimension. Ganutell flowers are such fun – they can be made with lots of interesting beads and embellishments, and mounted in a variety of ways. I hope you like this one!

Wonderful Wire in Ganutell

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I’ve posted about creating ganutell flowers with wire before, but I wanted to share again the lovely flowers that can be made using only wire. If you don’t have the tools or the time to make the wire and floss thread used in traditional ganutell, it’s ganutell in wire fine to use wire by itself.

This flower was made using a 30 gauge wire, wrapped around the usual 24 gauge wire, and embellished with lots of beads. I’ve used 28 gauge wire as well, and the resulting flower was just as pretty, but with a less delicate look. I like to purchase my wire from Paramount Wire … they offer wire in a beautiful variety of colors, with great service and delivery.

I’ve embellished the flower with crystals and used ganutell wire for the stamens. I quite like the look, and plan to make a lot of these. Have you made ganutell flowers using just wire? I’d love to see them! Please share at my Facebook page!

Mounting Bead and Wire Flowers – Part 2

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I’m still working on finding ways to use bead and wire floral arrangements, preparing for the Christmas show later this year. I used some of the flowers in a wreath here, and in a clear shot glass in last week’s post here. I’ve long used crystal candle holders, and you’ll find lots of photos of these throughout the blog posts. 

Here’s a photo of an arrangment mounted in a bud vase – I was blue ganutell floral arrangementreally glad to find these. It’s a little less than 4″ high, and quite narrow – perfect for the delicate Ganutell flowers. I had heard that modeling clay can be melted and poured into a container for holding flowers, but this didn’t work for me at all. The clay got quite soft, but certainly nowhere near ‘pourable’. So I went with the old standby, Quick Water resin. The good news is, it doesn’t matter if you’re sloppy when you mix it since the bubbles don’t show. I poured into the vase and placed the flower, then used a clothes pin to hold the flower in place while the resin cured. 

I love that I could use my paper leaves and assemble them with the flowers in a nice arrangement with lots of dimension. No further decoration required – I’ll be using this method a lot.

Please be sure to check out the Bead and Wire Flowers Facebook page, and feel free to leave any comments or suggestions – even photos of your Ganutell flowers!

 

 

Mounting Ganutell Flowers – part 1

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The delicate beauty of Ganutell flower arrangements lends itself to wonderful decorations for your home. Most of the flowers I make are sold for this purpose, and that means I must be creative in finding ways to use them. 

I recently did a post (here) showing a wreath I’d decorated with an arrangement, and I do love the way it turned out. I’ve often used crystal candle holders as well, and you’ll see lots of these in the photos in many of my posts. shotglass1Because the arrangements are rather small, we’re limited in our choices of ways to mount them, and I’ve had to spend countless hours searching the internet for new ideas. I have found a few items that I’ve been experimenting with, and some have worked well, so I wanted to share those with you.

This is a shot glass that is quite reasonable in cost. They are about three inches tall, and well weighted at the bottom to prevent tipping. I’ve placed clear glass marbles inside, then filled with resin (I like to use Quick Water – I’ll post about this soon). When I placed the flowers in the glass I thought it looked slightly top heavy, so I added a simple ribbon bow at the middle for a more balanced look.shotglass2

I think it came out well, and am pleased with the result. If you have ideas for using your Ganutell flowers, please share them in a comment, or on the Bead and Wire Flowers Facebook page. As always, if you need help with your flowers or have a question, don’t hesitate to use the contact tab above.

Have a great week, everyone!

Peachy Keen Ganutell

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Likely the most commonly used thread when creating Ganutell is DMC floss. peach2There are different types of DMC floss, though, and this flower is made using the satin finish. This finish comes in several colors, and is slightly heavier than the regular floss. This flower has three basic petals in the center, and the inside layer is made using square petals with two rows of copper colored wire on the outer edges. The lower layer is also square petals, but I’ve set ganutell wire on the outside of each petal, also in a copper color.

The other flower is made using kite peach1petals, and the little bud is made of square petals. Both are outlined with copper wire, and all the flowers have lots of coppery beads for stamens and decoration. The upper flower also has a large crystal in the center!

The arrangement includes some of the paper leaves I’ve been experimenting with. I’ve yet to mount it, and will post a photo when I have finished the project. 

I’d like to invite everyone to visit my Facebook page and post the Ganutell flowers you’re working on … I’d love to see them!

 

My incredible shrinking workspace …

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In addition to ganutell, I love to work in several art mediums. While I spend most of my time creating
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I believe in a neat workspace – it’s a must for me if I’m to be creative – and I seem to ganutell workspace 2spend a lot of time cleaning/organizing my art spaces. So I’d like to know why I never seem to have more than a six-inch workspace at any given time. Do the workspace fairies come out during the night and spread tools and supplies over all my work areas??? Surely that’s not my doing … I thought I always put everything away as I used it. Who’s creating all these little messes???

Do you have a secret to keeping your workspace organized?

 

 

 

 

I’ve got the blues! (the Ganutell blues, that is)

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In anticipation of the Christmas shows, blue-2I’ve been working with new shapes and colors for my Ganutell flowers. I’ve found some interesting mounts and vases, and have been experimenting with leaves. It’s lots of fun – that’s an understatement! – and I’ve been pleased with most of the results.

This one is a very light blue thread spun with silver wire, but I’ve outlined the petals with 28 gauge dark blue wire. I think it gives each of the shapes more definition and depth. blue-1I used square petals with rhinestones in the middle and crystals near the outside edges. The centers are a stamen made with dark blue ganutell wire.

The leaves are made using the new technique I’ve been working on. I’m liking the look they give to my arrangements.

I’m planning a series of posts in which I’ll share lots of resources for supplies and instruction, so stay tuned! I wish you all a lovely week!

 

Experimenting with leaves!

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kite-petal-2I’ve done lots of experimenting lately, trying to find a process for making leaves to use with Ganutell flowers. I actually love leaves made in the Ganutell style, especially when I use the light green metallic floss spun with the same color wire, but I wanted to come up with some leaves that were a little different, perhaps larger.

I’ve seen some leaves made with something called ‘sugar paper’ that were quite lovely, but I had no idea what that was or how they were made. Google wasn’t much help, either. Then a friend living in Denmark (Hi, Maryann!) graciously sent me a stack of this paper – turns out to be quite similar to our kid’s construction paper. Go figure. I had no idea how these leaves were made so here’s where my experimenting started. 

Now after lots of wasted paper and materials, I’ve come up with some leaves that I can use. These are actually made with a paper called “Stardream” that I special order to use when I make sculptured flowers for cards, etc. This paper has a wonderful texture and a beautiful sheen. I cut out leaf shapes with my Cameo, then used ModPodge to stick two together with a wire in between. I used a sponge with acrylic paint – gold and red on these – to add some depth. They’re mounted just as I would Ganutell leaves. 

The flower I used for this arrangement is made using kite kit-petal-1petals with silver beads. The center of the large flower is a 12mm crystal surrounded with the same silver beads. The petals include lots of these silver beads and are surrounded with silver wire. The buds have a similar center with smaller crystals, and some silver wire leaves.

I think I can still improve on the process to create these leaves, and I definitely want to try some different shapes. Using the larger leaves allows for a bigger arrangement, so I’m going to try some 10″ wreaths. Lots of experimenting in my studio this week, for sure. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!

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