It Made it!

For my Mom’s last birthday I gave her my first yard flower.  I remember telling you that my parents always seem to get the first of anything I create.  This was no exception.  beginninglooks2013This was the jump off point for my flower.  The 8″ dinner plate was from an order of 25 that was never picked up.  I had been staring at them for a year trying to figure out what I could do to transform this plain plate into something special.  Funny thing is I had that “light bulb” moment when I was out shopping and saw some pinwheels.  I came home and rolled out some clay and made my own pinwheel, then casted some buttons from a mold I had gotten some years before.  Everything was in place, now to start the petals.





petals3This material called to me, it was bright, fun, and would stand out in a yard setting.  They were cut out, 2 of fabric (1 printed & 1 solid), 1 of fabric stiffening, and 2 of fabric adhesive for each petal.  I ironed on the adhesive to wrong side of the printed fabric and then peeled off the backing and ironed this onto the fabric stiffener.  Ironing the last fabric adhesive to the other side of the fabric stiffener, peeled off the backing and finally adhered the plain fabric to that.  Sheesh, hope that makes sense!  To finish it off I stitched on the piping to seal up the edges.

To stave off the fading of the fabric, I sprayed each piece with a water sealer.  The sealer had a bonus effect, it worked as a stiffener too.  As each one dried I draped them over a bottle to achieve the curled petals.

floralsleeveSteven created this metal sleeve that would slip onto our yard hooks that we used for our yard plaques.  I then painted the pinwheel purple and the button yellow, fired them and got every thing ready for assembly.

After soldiering through many adhesives that didn’t hold up to their bragging, I finally found an adhesive that would take the many temperature changes that naturally take place when left outside year round!  The petals were adhered with the adhesive to the plate and left them to dry.  Lining up the holes in the button to the holes I drilled into the button, I  added some ribbon to tie them together.  Just for extra strength, I added some adhesive in between them too.  Finally I was ready to put the two sections together!

finishedpetalpower1The test had been to see if the petals would stand up and not flop.  We hung it in our front yard to see how it did.  So far so good!  This flower was huge, it definitely made a statement!  Which got me to thinking……………… hmmmmmmm…………… Cyn


About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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