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Flaming Torch Bouquet

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

Playing with these new Zinc beads and findings - this "Exterminate Exterminate" cone is soooo appealing - reminds me of a Dalek! - I came up with this stylized design that evokes both a bouquet of flowers and an Olympic torch.

My plan for mine is to stitch it onto a hat band, so no additional findings are required, but there are other ways to use it.

You could wear it as a pendant - in which case - add a loop of wire to the "bouquet" so that you can hang it from a chain.

Or, you could make it into a brooch. Wire it to a brooch finding before completing the large wrap of wires at the bottom.

With a large wrap of multiple fine wires, they tend not to want to stay in place after. For my purposes, it won't matter - it will be flush against the hat, but for other uses, they ends might snag. You can wrap over the multiwire wrap with another piece of wire to tighten and secure, or put a little dab of glue to keep them in their place.

You will notice from the photos that I used a bead cap - the Celtic Curls - to ensure the spacing of the big flowers stayed even, the smaller flowers are worked in around them. This is much like using a "frog" or "kenzan" in flower arranging. See - you never know what you are going to pick up in one place and use elsewhere!

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