2015 -  May 16


Dogwood Flower - Marcy Lamberson



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    Marcy Lamberson showed us how to create a lovely dogwood flower - just in time for spring!



Marcy first photographs her subjects for inspiration.     

Before beginning the flower, Marcy encases a rod of pea green with a dark green transparent & creates a stringer for later use.  She also may create a stringer of white encased with clear to decorate the petals.


She begins with a small bead of light ivory, shaped into a flat square.  She may add dots to form square corners and mark petal placement.


She adds a large dot of light ivory at one corner for the first petal.  


This is about the size of the initial petal. 


Marcy then creates another petal on the opposite corner.  She mashes them, then add a third petal starting a little closer to the center to create some overlap in the petals.

Here's a closer view - Marcy is adding the 4th petal closer to center.


Marcy mashes all petals, then adds a bit more glass to overlap the top two petals a bit more.


Overlapping petals.



Once the initial petals are complete, Marcy adds a "rainbow" shape of light ivory to the petal edges to increase their flair.


She works on all the exposed petal edges.


She uses mashers to flatten the petals as she works.



The flower is shaping up!


Marcy uses shears to cut petals apart if necessary.


When the petals are finished, Marcy heats a rod of pea green as well as the flower center,


and attaches a large green dot. 

She creates a small mound of green for the center base.


Marcy adds a row of dots using the encased green stringer around the base of the central mound.


She continues adding rows of dots around the mound


until the center is complete.


Here's a view from the back. 


Marcy uses a curved masher to finalize the petal shapes.


This one makes lovely petals.  Marcy also suggests looking for pie crust crimping tools (e.g., on Amazon).

Marcy then uses the transparent green she used to encase the central stringer and places small dots at the center of each petal tip.


After placing the four dots, Marcy heats just the dot and tip of the petal


and indents it slightly with a shaping tool.  She gives it a final heating.


Marcy's beautiful completed dogwood flower is ready for the kiln.



If you've made some beautiful dogwood flowers using Marcy's techniques, please send your photos and notes

to your Web Mama, and they'll be posted here for you!! 


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