Rich and Rare.
This flower is of so rich and lovely a hue, that for its colour alone it
deserves imitation. There are but few decidedly blue flowers, and I do
not myself know any one that approaches this for brilliancy; it is
however useful in consequence of its form being light and spray-like.
The petals require to be cut in double blue wax; the shape must be
produced previously to the colour being laid on. Petals cut from pattern
No. 1, are much rolled with the pin and neatly united up the back. Take
a piece of middle size wire, with a small piece of wax secured at the
end, and pass it through the opening of the tube just formed. The under
or banner petal is formed by pressing it in the palm of the hand; turn
up the edges of the broad end of the petal, and turn down the edges of
the narrow part; at the same time I must mention that a small wire is
placed between this petal, by which it is affixed to its position. The
buds are formed in the same manner as the flower, with the exception of
the banner petal. The calyx consists of two points or sepals, attached
one under and the other opposite the tube. The whole is painted with
deep rich blue, produced by mixing cake smalt with the middle blue in
powder. They are mounted in a spray by placing buds and flowers down the
stem, two facing each other, and arranged alternate ways. A green leaf
is placed under each bud and blossom.
"In eastern lands they talk of flowers,
And they tell in a garland their loves and cares;
Each blossom that blooms in their garden bowers,
On its leaves a mystic language bears."
J. G. PERCIVAL.
As the limits of this little work will not admit of my giving
instruction in more than one of these favourite flowers, I select the
variegated one, considering it the most difficult.
The petals require to be cut in thick wax; colour them upon both sides
with bright crimson, leaving white circular spots indiscriminately in
various parts of two petals out of every five. The largest petals are
formed by pressing the thumb very firmly upon the shining side, taking
care that the edge inclines back without any wrinkled appearance. A
crease is made up the centre upon the opposite side. Each set of petals
are painted and curled the same, but the smallest are folded together.
The stamina must be prepared from pale lemon wax, (cut double,) and the
anthers at the end tipped with orange powder to represent the farina;
they are cut into small clusters of seven or eight. Use the large
wire,--pass a piece of double wax, the width of a sheet, and half an
inch in depth, round the wire,--about half an inch deep; bend the wire
down, and mould the whole into a cone shape. Affix a small cluster of
stamina to the point, and in various directions the five smallest
petals; insert among these two or three clusters of the stamina. Place
in rows of five each succeeding set of petals, taking care in each row
to introduce about two of the variegated or spotted petals, allowing
such to be principally upon one side of the flower (and this may be
observed in nearly all flowers that are variegated.)
The calyx is cut from lemon wax, shaded green and also brown. The head
of the pin is rolled upon each to cup it: they are placed immediately
behind the flower in rows of three, each succeeding set in the
The stem is covered with a strip of light green wax, moulded smooth with
the thumb and finger, tinged brown with the brush.