Yay, another of my high quality tutorials. 😀 This one was destined to be a success, as I started it quite late one evening (as you will see from some of the photos), and it could’ve gone either way:
Making myself something to wear = 1 point
Choosing a project which relies on cutting things out neatly = -1 point
Naked flame! = 10 points
Stinky glue: = -20 points
I will give myself a bonus point for taking at least some effort to document my blundering about in semi-darkness with flammable fabric near a lit candle though.
I’ve seen a lot of those fabric flower brooches (rings, earrings, necklaces, hair accessories, etc.) around and about, and I fancied having a go at making myself one (I even have a Pinterest board just for fabric and paper flowers). I made a ring a while back using someone else’s tutorial, and decided to make my own. If you want to make yourself one, you can follow my sort of instructions below.
What you will need:
Flammable fabric: chiffon, silk, satin – test a scrap of fabric to see how it burns before cutting it out.
Stinky glue for metal/plastic (optional)
Needle and thread (same colour as fabric)
Beads or buttons for centre
Small piece of felt
A source of flame such as a candle – I have also done with with a cigarette lighter, the candle is easier to control.
Tweezers (if you are nervy/clumsy/have delicate fingers
Decide on the size of the flower you want to make. I decided on a brooch, which has a diameter of about 2 inches. You could make smaller flowers for a ring, or even earrings.
Cut out several circles of fabric. For the brooch, my circles varied in size from 2 inches down to the smallest, which is about an inch.
Note: If you want to test the edge of the fabric to see how it feels, leave it a second or two to cool down before touching it. Don’t ask me how I know this.