I mostly make imaginary flowers or highly stylized ones. Sometimes I’ll take requests for identifiable flower canes – pansies, lupine and forget me nots are a few I can recall – and this week I had a request not only for the flower but a flower shaped bead. I was commissioned to make orchid beads.
No specific type of orchid… just orchids. I discovered there are LOTS of types of orchids. Most of them look like little alien flowers by the way. I picked Rothschild Orchid (vanda rothschildiana) since I could figure the petal design and a bead from there.
This is the slice flower cane – I make them right down at this size, about 5/8″. It results in these little beads:
The beads are around 3/4″ wide. I quite love them.