Monday, May 23, 2011

Making Small Latex Roses

I have a couple of latex circles as leftovers from making ruffles. Time to convert them into some little latex roses.

1. The circles are cut out from 0.35mm bubblegum latex with an outer diameter of 8cm. I cut out a second circle in the middle of the larger one with a diameter of 4.5cm. This leaves a ring of latex ca. 1.7cm wide (top left).

2. I cleaned both sides with latex cleaner and applied latex milk to both the inner and outer edge of the front and back side. I also cut the ring into two halves for two roses (top right).

3. The next step looks tricky but isn't. I glued the outer circumference onto the inner one to create a ca. 8mm wide strip like the one on the picture (bottom left).

4. I rolled this irregular strip from one end to the other (bottom right).

5. The folded side of the rolled strip now looks similar to a little rose. I applied additional latex milk to the loose end and glued it in a way that the fold goes down to the bottom of the rose (top left).

6. I cut out little leaves from 0.35mm jade green latex (bottom left).

7. Finally I glued the leaves to the bottom of the roses (right).

I would like to see other types of latex flowers. So please send me photos and/or instructions of your creations.