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(LILIUM CANDIDUM.) Purity of heart.

"Observe the rising lily's snowy grace."--THOMSON.

The lily is an advantageous flower in a large group. The one I am going
first to notice is peculiar for its purity of colour; it is very
ornamental in a garden, and is much revered in Catholic countries.
Painters frequently place it in the hands of the Virgin.

The petals, six in number, are cut from double white wax: the broad or
inner petals are curled as follows:--pass the head of the smallest
curling pin all over the petal to make it look slightly ribbed. Press
the pin firmly up the centre to make a distinct crease; turn the petal,
and press against the crease upon each side so as to form a groove.
Return to the former side, and again press the pin against the two
outside edges of the previously made creases; you will now have produced
two ribs or ridges. Pass the head of the pin round the edge of the
petal, to render it thin in appearance and to stretch the same. This
will also enable you to curl the petal into form with the fingers,
without splitting the edges. The outer or narrow petals are curled
similarly; but the slight difference there exists between the two will
be better understood by taking a real flower to model from. Cover a
piece of middle size wire with light green wax, to represent the
pistillum: enlarge it with the same at the upper end to represent the
stigma; press it into a triangular form, and indent it with the point of
the pin. Six stamina are placed round; they are each formed in the
following manner:--cover a piece of fine white wire with white wax, this
is a filament; attach to the end an anther, formed of bright orange wax,
indent it strongly across with the point of the pin. Wash it over with
gum water, and while it is in a state of moisture plunge it into the
orange coloured powder. The three largest petals are placed on first,
the three smaller or outer petals at the intervening spaces.

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