Supplies and tools needed:
Make the calyx: Use a stylus and the craft foam to lightly cup the
green 'bud'. Pierce the center with a pin. Insert the wire through the hole,
so that the cup faces the end of the wire. Put glue on the end of the wire
and slide the calyx about 1/16 inch from the end. Pinch calyx against the
wire, so that it surrounds the end of the wire fairly evenly. Bend the wire
at a 90 degree angle, about 1/8 inches behind the calyx. (see figure 1)
Set aside to dry.|
|Prepare the top petals: Cut the large purple heart in half, to make 2 teardrops. Using scissors, trim the teardrop to make the teardrops more symmetrical. Also trim off the points at an angle, to make the teardrops shorter. (see figure 2)|
Attach the petals: Refer to Figure 3. Glue the petals to the calyx in the following order:
Making the "face": Using a small brush, and purple acrylic paint, apply small lines in the center of the flower. (Figure 4) Dots can be applied to the margins of the petals as well, since some varieties of pansies have coloration similar to this. If you have difficulty painting fine lines, you can paint blobs in the centers of the flowers.
Leaves: using the stylus and craft foam, press a line down the center of two or three 'birch' leaves. Curl one or two small green leaves.
Glue the small leaves on the stem, below the flower, then glue the 'birch' leaves around the stem, about 3/4 inch from the flower. (Figure 5) When dry, trim the stem about 1/4 inch below the bottom leave, to provide 'roots' for planting.
To make pansy buds, only large purple hearts and calyx pieces are needed for the flowers.
Fold a large purple heart in half. Glue it to the end of a piece of florist wire. (Figure 6)
Pierce a calyx with a pin, and insert the wire through the hole. Slide it all the way up to the folded heart. Apply a bit of glue at the base of the heart, and pinch the calyx so that it covers the point of the heart. (Figure 7)
Bend the stem behind the calyx at more than a 90 degree angle, so that the bud 'nods' downward a bit. (Figure 8)
Atttach leaves, as described for the 'full bloom' pansy.
© Alice Buerkle 2000