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Instruction How To Form The Crocus

(CROCUS LUTEUS.) Youthfulness.

Prepare the petals (from pattern) in double wax, choosing a bright
orange, but not too dark. Place the two shining sides of the wax
together. The inner petals are not striped, but the three outer ones
have eight or ten pencil strokes of a middle shade of green, broad
towards the lower end, and carried off to fine points; these strokes do
not extend beyond two thirds of the flower, and laid on with the sable
brush. Cup the petals very much with a large head pin (this is why they
require to be cut from double wax) so firmly that each petal produces an
egg-shaped form when united. Double a hem in a piece of wax the same as
that from which you have previously cut the petals. Prepare the stamina
from this piece of wax by snipping the proper number. The hem at the
edge of the wax is to represent the anthers; affix the stamina when so
prepared to the end of a piece of strong wire, and cover them with
farina (my second yellow powder). Place the petals round the
stamina--first, the three not painted--and the remaining three in the
intervening spaces.

The calyx is prepared in lemon wax, tinged with a little brown, and is
passed round the end of the flower. The stem covered with pale lemon
wax. The leaves narrow strips of double wax (dark green), strongly
indented with the point of the pin, and a white stripe laid smoothly on
with the small sable brush.

The above directions will answer for the crocus susianus, the cloth of
gold, striped orange, and very dark purple; besides the Scotch crocus,
striped, white, and purple.

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