I’ve always loved mounting ganutell flowers into crystal candle holders, as evidenced by all the photos on the blog! Lately I’ve wanted to work with different ways to use bead and wire flowers, though, and here’s an example of what I’ve been doing.
Years ago, during my cold porcelain phase, I found lovely rattan wreath forms that are about four inches across – quite the nice size for mounting beaded flowers. However, like many of my favorite things, I now find they’re no longer available. I purchased the six-inch grapevine wreath form shown in the photo at my local craft store, and I think it works quite nicely.
The flower has a large crystal center surrounded by ganutell wire, resting on a circle of pink crystals. The inner petals have smaller pink crystals at their tips, and the lower petals each have four of these crystals at the tips, creating a much larger shape. I used lots of leaves made from metallic thread and wire, and made slightly bigger than the standard leaf shapes.
The piece is quite different from my usual mounting, and I’m really enjoying using bead and wire flowers in different ways. I’m working on some glass holders this week, and I’m looking forward to sharing those soon!