This art piece is made using expired cornflour powder, Fevicryl acrylic colours, floral wires, fevicol etc. This is a live size plant which gives this arrangement a very natural look and serves as an amazing show piece.
How To Do it Yourself
To make the clay i have used 1 cup of expired cornflour powder, 1 cup of fevicol, 1 spoon of lemon juice and 1 spoon of vegetable oil. Mix all the ingredients and cook for 30 seconds. Do this till the clay leaves the sides of the pan. Now in a sheet apply vaseline and knead the clay till it becomes soft.
To make the cutters i have used old and waste aluminium cans. Cut the aluminium can into strips
Draw the desired shape of the cutter in a plain sheet. Mould the strips into these shapes. For hibiscus petal and leaves I have drawn the shapes and moulded the strips.
The cutters look like the ones shown in the photo
I am making a peach colour hibiscus. So I am using orange colour fevicryl acrylic paint for the petal, crimson for pollens, sap green for the leaves and chrome yellow for pollens.
To make the petals, roll the clay as thin as possible. To role the clay you can use a rolling pin. I have used a deodorant bottle. Once rolled, cut the petal using the cutter. Now give the frills to the petals by using a paint brush. This means thinning the edges of the petal.
To make the leaves, roll the green colour clay and cut the leaf using the cutter. Give a little shape using the scissors. Thin the edges of the leaf like we did in the petal.
To make the leaves look natural I have given veins using the real hibiscus leaf. To do this, turn the original leaf around and press the clay leaf on it. Remove gently. This gives a veins to the clay leaves.
To support the leaves and petals, we have to attach the floral wires to the back of the petal and leaves. To do this, use the peach colour and green colour clay. Cut the floral wires and add glue to this. Take a small piece of clay and roll this to the wires
On a flat surface smoothen the wires using your palm. The end product is shown in the second picture
Now stick these wires to the back of the petals and leaves. Dry the petals and leaves.
To make the pollen, use the red colour clay and make 5 small pollens. For the yellow fine pollens use yellow colour clay. Make small balls and attach the balls to the floral wires. Now attach the red pollens together and roll this into the floral wire. Cover the floral wire using peach colour clay. This is the center for the hibiscus. Now about half an inch from the top, start attaching the yellow pollens. The end result is shown in the picture.
Shade the petals. I have used camlin rose madder hue oil paint for shading. Shade the center pollen piece too. Now using a thread tie the petals to the pollen center piece
Completed flower is shown in the photo. Now cover the base of the flower using green clay. This is the stem of the flower.
To make calyx for the flower, take a small piece of clay and make a tear drop shape. Press the clay with the back of a paint brush. Make 5 of this and attach this to the base of the flower.
Now, to make the stem of the flower, use aluminium wire which is used for drying clothes. Cut the wire and apply glue to the wire and cover this with green clay. Smooth the clay on the floor using the fingers.
Now attach the leaves and flower this this stem using fevicol. Apply fevicol and pierce into the clay in the stem.
Now arrange the pot. Fill the pot using thermocol which comes with any packing. Cut the thermocol into small pieces and cover this with green moss.
For the buds, make a tear drop shape in peach colour and add the calyx. Now attach the stems into the pot using fevicol. The final product is shown in the pictures.
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