I’m still working at creating lots of flowers for the Christmas Show. I’m having great fun with these; somehow I find my mind more open to new designs and embellishments as I create them. While I continue to use the techniques of Ganutell, I see french beading techniques come through, and even some wire working processes I learned making jewelry.
The resulting flowers, then, are not the same as traditional Ganutell, and I hesitate to call it that. Better to just call the pieces ‘bead and wire flowers’. It’s a generic description that encompasses all the techniques I’m tending to use. It’s quite exciting to see the finished work; I’m never sure what I’ll end up with when I begin a piece. I’ve had great response to the flowers, and am encouraged by that, of course.
Here’s one I’ve just completed. It’s center is made from beads, the second row of petals and the leaves are from wire, and the first and third layer of petals are prepared thread. The larger petals include rows of beads as well. I love the combination of techniques.
Yep … this one’s truly a bead and wire flower!