Dendrobiums are more commonly used as single stems in floral arrangements. I’ve used them in two wedding bouquets. But, I really wanted to make a full sized plant for the pattern instructions. You can do either with this PDF.
The PDF is 20 pages long and contains 89 high quality images, along with detailed written instructions for creating the orchid. All three shading patterns shown in the display images are included in the PDF.
The finished flowers are about 1 3/4 inches wide, and the plant is around 22 inches tall (with the pot, about 17 inches without).
Materials for the full plant:
Makes a full potted plant with 9 flowers on 2 stems, with 16 leaves.
Round Seed Beads (rocailles):
A. 70 grams size 11/0 Matsuno ceylon pastel cream (petals)
B. 15 grams size 11/0 Japanese transparent fuchsia (lip, lobes)
C. 2 grams size 11/0 Preciosa opaque yellow (column)
D. 35 grams size 11/0 Preciosa transparent lime green (buds, stem wrapping)
E. 140 grams size 11/0 Matsuno transparent rainbow emerald (leaves)
F. 35 grams size 11/0 Toho 167BF transparent matte green rainbow (leaf edging)
G. 8 grams size 11/0 Preciosa opaque travertine cream/brown (stem wrapping)
Copper Core Wire:
• 40 ft (12.2 m) 24 gauge (0.5 mm) gold colored (petals)
• 110 ft (33.5 m) 24 gauge (0.5 mm) green (leaves)
• 18 ft (5.5 m) 24 gauge (0.5 mm) magenta (lip)
• 18 ft (5.5 m) 26 gauge (0.4 mm) peridot/lime (buds)
• 20 gt (6.1 m) 28 gauge (0.3 mm) peridot/lime (stem wrapping)
• 15 ft (4.6 m) 30 gauge (0.25 mm) green (leaf lacing, leaf assembly)
• 11ft 16g galvanized steel wires
• green floral tape
• light green embroidery floss – DMC # 470
• craft plaster (plaster is better for tall plants as it has the best hold)
• floral foam block (optional, to hold plant up while plaster cures)
• pot approximately 5 x 5 inches
• preserved, dried, or fake moss to cover the plaster
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