For this next project I'm using two ceramic tealight holders about 2 1/2 in. tall. My inspiration for this design is my dogwood and pearl necklace.
I begin by making the dogwood flowers. These are a bit smaller than I've made before. First I roll tiny balls all of uniform size. Each of these balls is then rolled into a tiny snake. I gently arrange eleven of the snakes together.
Now I gently roll the arrangement to smooth the sides a bit, and then I cut off the top - this is my center.
Twenty-one centers prebaked and ready for the petals.
Shaping the dogwood flowers. Again I roll little balls of uniform size, this time larger. Each ball is flattened and shaped like a tiny tear drop. Using an upholstery needle, I add a tiny groove and curl the top edge. Next I place two petals on a larger needle for flower shaping.
Adding the petals. They are carefully pressed together and spread open a bit.
I slowly and gently twist the petals off the needle and add the center - only twenty left to go!
And here they are - a couple hours later.
Now to cover the tealights. A sheet of white clay is wrapped over the sides and pressed into place.
Next I cover the base.
Two covered tealight holders.
Adding the gold curls. First I scatter the flowers over the surface. Each curl is rolled by hand and curled. Holding the tail end, I lower the curl into place and press it on. I put the flowers back on briefly to see if I'm liking the design.
The last curls.
Dogwood flower placement on the large holder.
Two tealight holders ready for berries.
First I form the stems. Then I make small dents to hold the berries. I want them to stand out from the holder rather than just lay against it - the dents help them to do this.
Adding the berries…