My goal with this book was to provide you with a toolbox of skills that would allow you to create nearly any flower in the world, all using metal shears. To accomplish this, the Metal Garden System was created.
Combine these with overall texture and color and you have everything you need to make an infinite number of different flowers.
Petal Count and ShapeThe book provides 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 petal templates for flowers with cutting lines that create spear, oval or round petals. These templates can be used alone or stacked to create flowers with beautiful dimension and complexity. Thorough cutting instructions are included, and are the real key to accomplishing these flowers.
Edge TreatmentEight different ways to create interesting petal edges are reviewed, from punched and tattered to dimpled and rolled. You'll learn to use a variety of common pliers and punches to create life-like effects on the edges of your petals.
Surface EmbellishmentsThe book treats the surface of the petal as both a place to create decorative embellishments and a way to add dimension to your flower. Metal stamps and punches and different types of bench blocks are used to create lines, dots, and dimples (among others) while also sculpting its overall form.
Center FormationFinally, nine different ways to represent stamen and the overall flower center are reviewed. In this section we also review ways to tab set and weave beads into the center. Riveting is thoroughly reviewed as both a way to add dynamic centers and to connect together layers.
So that's the Metal Garden system! All in all, there are 36 projects, from individual flowers, vines, and branches to leaves and jewelry designs that pull all of these components together...including projects that use my newest favs...Faux Bone and leather.
In a future blog, coming soon, I'll introduce you to some of the flowers in Chapter 2. Until then, thanks again for stopping by. More tips, tricks and projects are in the works...so be sure to subscribe to the blog to be notified when new articles are posted.
Metal Jewelry in Bloom will be available through most major booksellers, Kalmbach and my website (where you can find an exclusive bundle of the book with a CD of digital templates).