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(RESEDA ODORATA.) Unconscious Beauty.

It is a singular circumstance that in this country this fragrant
production of nature is known by a French name, the translation of which
is the "little darling," while in Paris it is only known by its Latin
appellation, reseda, (herb, or dock cresses); but I believe I am
correct in stating that its seeds were first conveyed into England from
Paris. It is not particularly difficult to form, but requires extremely
good sight, and a light touch in its construction. It is of course made
without a paper pattern, and I would recommend a natural flower always
to be taken as a copy. It is also necessary to be very particular as to
the lemon tint used, the orange, and the shade of green, for if the
flower is formed correctly, it still looks unnatural if these points are
not materially considered.

Take a sheet of lemon wax, very thin and not too new; cut directly from
the corner six or eight fine filaments, as pointed as possible; roll
them into a small cluster. It requires two clusters of this size, and
two others nearly the same, but shorter. Fold the end of a piece of
lemon wax, and snip (very short) a few stamina, which appear, when
coloured, like seed. The colour required is a sort of pinky orange, if I
may be allowed to use such a term; for which purpose I employ my second
orange, white, and a minute portion of crimson powder: of course it
requires some judgment as to the several quantities. Commence the
formation by attaching a small piece of green wax to the end of a stem
made from white wire, mould it round according to nature; under this
place the cluster of orange seeds, on the top a small portion of lemon
wax, and at each corner the largest cluster of lemon stamina; the
smaller clusters place at the corners and under the orange seeds. The
calyx consists of five very narrow strips of green wax, placed neatly
and regularly at the back of the flower. Cover the stem with very light
green wax.





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