Sunday, March 11, 2012

Singed Satin Flowers

Here's a simple one for you today.  Singed satin or organza flowers.  These are really popular for crafters, but in case you haven't seen them, I thought I'd share a how to today.  I used scraps I had left from other projects to start, then went and bought 1/2 yards of some pretty colors. Any shiny fabric will work, as long as it is man made.  The polyester (which I think is some form of plastic!) will melt and create the cool edges.  
You need fabric, scissors and a candle. 

Then you need to cut out a set of concentric circles.  I have 5 sizes, you can do as many as you like.  I use the smallest 3 or 4 to make a smaller rose.  Just find some round things around the house, and trace them on your fabric, or make templates if you plan to make a few.  I use a disappearing quilt marker, but a pencil will be fine, as it will get melted away anyway.

Now just take a circle and carefully hold it over an open flame.  Be careful, if you get it too close it just shrivels.  You have to experiment a bit, but soon you'll see it melt and curl and look like the edge of a petal. 


Do all your circles the same way, and then stack them in order.  I usually take a few stitches in the middle to hold them, but you can glue them too.

 Now you can finish the center with anything you like.  Try some different beads, buttons, or whatever looks cute.  I usually spread a little E6000 glue in the center with a toothpick and sprinkle some seed beads in it.  I've also seen single pearl beads that are pretty.  

Then I had a happy accident.  I cut one too many green circles, so I thought I'd try to make a couple leaves.  I added them to the back of my small roses, and they turned out way cute.  Sometimes my best ideas come out of mistakes!!

Then I hot glue a hair clip or pin to it.  This batch I did all as hair clips.  I wrap the top half with ribbon and then glue a small piece of non stick shelf liner to it to keep it in fine hair.

So, there you go.  A craft that can be done with no sewing.  Just watch your fingers near that flame.  

All ready for Etsy or Aunt Candy's.  


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