I recently posted about using wire in Ganutell flowers, rather than the traditional thread prepared 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, with 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!
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 really 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.
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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. Because 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.
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!
Likely the most commonly used thread when creating Ganutell is DMC floss. There 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 petals, 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!
In addition to ganutell, I love to work in several art mediums. While I spend most of my time creating
bead and wire flowers, I often create vintage jewelry, or do a mixed media canvas, or play with glass in a kiln. This requires keeping lots of tools and supplies at hand, but I am blessed with a dedicated art room in my apartment in addition to a rented studio space down the street. I even use what used to be called the dining room table for creating ganutell flowers!
I believe in a neat workspace – it’s a must for me if I’m to be creative – and I seem to spend 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?
In anticipation of the Christmas shows, I’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. I 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!
I’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 petals 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!!
This past week I was inspired to create a ganutell rose, and here it is! I’ve used three pearl stamens in the center, basic petals surround the pearls, and T-petals for the balance of the flower. The thread is prepared with 32 gauge wire and my favorite pearlescent rayon floss in white.
Here’s a photo of the rose mounted in a crystal candle holder. This is my go-to mounting technique, and I used a really nice holder in deference to the elegance of the rose. Crushed seashells fill in around the stem (again, my favorite).
I hope you like it. Happy Springtime, everyone!
This week I’ve been wanting to use some really bright colors in my bead and wire flowers. Spring is definitely upon us, and I’m loving the daffodils blooming in all the gardens. I prepared some bright yellow thread and created several different petal shapes with it. The larger flower uses square petals with rhinestones and farfalla wire, and the smaller flowers feature gold beads and some yellow optic beads I had in my stash. The filler flowers are small basic petals with gold filigree beads for stamens.
I added some large metallic green leaves … I love the bright look!
What are you creating for Spring?
Few people have even heard of Ganutell – of these people there are only a handful that know that the term Ganutell is also used to describe a type of spiral wire. This special wire is beautiful – comes in metallics and colors as well – and it’s used to embellish Ganutell flowers.
Here’s a flower I just created that uses 1mm ganutell wire for the petals in the upper layer, and uses the same ganutell wire in the larger petals as an embellishment. I adore the creamy pearls against the antique gold of the wire. The white spun thread has a lovely pearlescence that doesn’t show well in the photograph, but adds warmth and interest to the flower.
Ganutell wire is wonderfully fun to use, but can be very pricey, so when I choose to include it in my bead and wire flowers, I try to use it well and wisely! I hope you like it!