lunedì 23 gennaio 2017

VICTORIAN LADIES' PASTIMES: how to make wax flowers.



Avete in mente quei drawing rooms o salottini da conversazione vittoriani, riservati alle Ladies, un po' bui, con ampi pesanti tendoni festonati, spesso in velluto, al balcone, con il caminetto il cui asse era ricolmo dei più svariati oggetti, i più preziosi, spesso ovattati dalla polvere rilasciata dai lumi che, ora su di un tavolino, ora su di una mensola, ora sul piano della credenza o consolle che con il camino, un paio di poltrone ed un comodo divano, ricoperto di cuscini, del vano era protagonista, illuminavano l'ambiente quando i raggi del sole avevano già reclinato il capo ... 
Ecco, magari uno tipo quello nella foto sottostante ...


Orbene, torniamo ad osservare il camino ... sul suo asse, accanto a candelabri o tra due appliques a gas o tra due vasi identici posti ai lati, spesso facevano bella mostra di sé cupole in vetro di varie dimensioni, montate su di una base, ovale o tonda, in legno modanato, che custodivano preziose composizioni di fiori, talvolta anche di frutta, in cera, orgoglio della padrona di casa che li aveva sovente confezionati con cura con le proprie mani.

Oggi proprio di questo intendo parlarvi, di uno degli svaghi preferiti dalle Ladies appartenenti alla medio- alta borghesia vittoriana, quello della realizzazione di fiori di cera, ad imitazione di quelli reali, che costituiva non solo un modo piacevole per trascorrere il tempo, tanto da essere qualificato come una vera e propria attività ricreativa a sfondo artistico, ma costituiva altresì un modo dilettevole per approfondire le proprie conoscenze sulla botanica e su quelle specie floreali esotiche ancora poco conosciute - come ad esempio le orchidee che stavano proprio allora arrivando dall'Oriente - e per arredare con gusto la propria dimora.


Pensate che all'epoca erano in vendita in negozi specializzati non solo manuali per la realizzazione di fiori in cera, ma anche veri e propri kits 


completi di cera in fogli sottili color bianco, giallo, verde, colori in pigmenti per i petali, modelli in carta per petali e foglie, filo di ferro in matassine per gli steli, illustrazioni botaniche, piccoli attrezzi con cui modellare le parti in cera ... ma il miglior complice anche in questa attività femminile non poteva che essere il giardino di casa: bastava cogliere il fiore che più si preferiva, posarlo sul tavolo di lavoro, 'scomporlo' privandolo dei petali e delle foglie, e cercare di crearne uno il più simile possibile ad esso, ricorrendo al proprio estro e alla propria creatività, per fissare il suo tempo in quell'attimo esatto e poterlo contemplare ogni giorno; tali oggetti erano talmente apprezzati al punto da essere spesso offerti in dono come attestazione di amicizia o come presente per un matrimonio ... un soprammobile creato con amore per la nuova casa che la coppia stava progettando od arredando insieme !

Vi era che non poteva permettersi di acquistare i kit più completi e sofisticati e si fabbricava da sé in casa i fogli di cera bianca: essa veniva fusa in una tazza, quindi si prendeva un mestolo, lo si immergeva in acqua calda saponata, lo si sciacquava e si prelevava una parte della cera per versarla nella bacinella in cui era stata messa l'acqua saponata; la cera, formando un sottile strato in sospensione, veniva lasciata raffreddare ed, indurendo, diveniva una sorta di foglio rigido da cui potevano essere ricavati i petali.




E non era inusuale che della composizione facessero parte delle piccole conchiglie con cui le nostre Victorian Ladies amavano rivestire molti oggetti, da vasi a scatole, come se le conchiglie volessero rievocare una piacevole gita in una località balneare e con i riverberi madreperlati delle loro valve riportare alla mente ricordi tanto lontani da apparire quasi sfuocati ... 

Con mio grande diletto ho colto al volo l'opportunità di leggere proprio uno dei suddetti prontuari scritto da Eleonor Lever dal titolo HOW TO MAKE WAX FLOWERS.,
pubblicato negli anni '80 del 1800 in cui ammetto ho trovato istruzioni dettagliate e si direbbe davvero semplici su come confezionare fiori in cera: si prendevano i fogli di cera e vi si ritagliava sopra la sagoma del petalo del fiore che si era scelto - erano consigliati rose, garofani, peonie, camelie - dopo averlo disegnato su della semplice carta da disegno; il petalo così ritagliato veniva colorato con i pigmenti del colore che la Natura gli ha conferito semplicemente spalmandoli con delicatezza con i polpastrelli delle dita - i pennelli erano necessari solo per le foglie variegate, per esempio quelle di alcuni tipi di garofano; quindi veniva passato per alcuni istanti sopra il tubo di vetro di un lume affinché la cera fosse scaldata e fosse più semplice modellarlo ed incollarlo agli altri.

Una volta realizzata la corolla, si rivestiva con due strisce di cera verde un pezzo di filo di ferro robusto che avrebbe dovuto rappresentare lo stelo e quindi veniva aggiunto il calice, sempre ritagliato dalla cera verde, talvolta presente già fatto nel kit; era quindi la volta delle foglie che erano ricavate da due fogli di cera verde tra i quali era fatto scorrere un filo di ferro, questa volta molto sottile, a costituirne la venatura, e, aggiunti alla corolla gli stami ed il pistillo - spesso in dotazione anch'essi - il fiore poteva venire assemblato.

Per le campanule dei mughetti, altro fiore di cui le Victorian Ladies amavano circondarsi, esistevano in commercio veri e propri stampini che scavavano la cera, che in questo caso doveva essere in mattonelle.

L'autrice suggerisce anche altri utilizzi dei fiori in cera ed uno in particolare mi è rimasto in mente probabilmente perché ho intenzione di realizzarlo: ella consiglia di prendere dei ferri di cavallo ai quali appuntare i fiori di cera, possibilmente piccoli, per creare deliziosi centrotavola, oppure ornamenti per le pareti,


dei portaritratti, per esempio, da incorniciare come fossero quadretti da appendere al muro sopra il camino ( la fotografia andrebbe posta al centro del ferro di cavallo e sarebbe stato questo un dono di compleanno molto apprezzato per i tempi ).

A noi sono giunte moltissime immagini vintage che ricreano tali oggetti e che vengono inviati come biglietti beneauguranti




Se desiderate fare un salto indietro nel passato che amate e che vi fa sentire ... a casa, vi consiglio di cliccare QUI per poter avere il piccolo manuale di cui vi ho testè parlato in edizione integrale da poter leggere on-line o da scaricare e stampare per poterlo leggere forse con più comodità, altrimenti potete acquistarlo in edizione aggiornata direttamente su AMAZON, quale testo che fa parte di una collana che ristampa antichi libri da tempo fuori commercio che stiamo andando riscoprendo e rivalutando.


Come sempre vi ringrazio sentitamente per avermi seguita fin qui e, nella speranza di avervi fatto trascorrere qualche minuto dilettevole in mia compagnia, vi abbraccio caramente e vi auguro ogni bene,

a presto 💕














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Do you have in mind those drawing rooms or parlors where conversations were held only amongst Ladies during the Victorian age, a little 'dark', with large, heavy scalloped curtains, often in velvet, to the balcony, with its fireplace and with the mantel which was filled with the most varied object - which were the most precious of the whole home -, often muffled by the dust released by the lamps that, maybe on a coffee table, maybe on a shelf, maybe on a console which, with the fireplace, a couple of armchairs and a comfortable sofa, covered with pillows, of the the room was protagonist, illuminated the room when the rays of the sun had already 'bowed their head' ...

Yes, maybe one like that in the picture below ...



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Well, let's have a look back to the fireplace ... on the mantel, next to or between two gas wall lights or between two identical vases placed on each side, were often proudly displayed, under glass domes of various sizes, mounted on an oval or round wooden base, precious flower arrangements, sometimes even with fruit, made of wax, pride of the hostess who had often made them carefully with her own hands.

Today I'm going to talk to you just about this topic, that is one of the favorite pastimes of the Ladies belonging to medium-high Victorian bourgeoisie, that of making flowers with wax in imitation of the real ones, which was not only a delightful way to spend time, so to qualify it as a true recreational activity with artistic background, but also constituted a delectable way for a Lady to deepen her knowledge on the botanical and the exotic floral species still little known yet - such as the orchids that were just then coming from the East - and to furnish her home with taste.



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You have to know that at the time they were on sale in specialized stores not only manuals for making wax flowers, but also real kits



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with white, yellow and green wax in thin sheets, color pigments for the petals, patterns for petals and leaves, iron wire in skeins for the stems, botanical illustrations, small tools with which to model the wax parts ... but once more the best 'help' in this feminine activity could only derive from the home garden: it was enough to pick up the flower that was the most loved, to place it on the work table, to deprive it of its petals and leaves, and to try to create one as similar as possible to it, using one's talent and creativity, to set its time precisely in that moment and be able to contemplate it each moment of the future days; these items were so popular as to be often offered as gifts as proof of friendship or as a present for a wedding ... an ornament created with love for the new house that the couple was planning or decorating together !

There was also who couldn't afford to buy the most comprehensive and sophisticated kits and had to make at home the wax sheets: white wax was melted in a cup, then you had to take a ladle, to immerse it in hot soapy water, to rinse it and then to take up a part of wax to pour into the bowl where was put soapy water; the wax, forming a thin layer in suspension, had to cool and, by hardening, it became a sort of rigid sheet from which you could derive both the petals and the leaves.



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It wasn't unusual that were part of the composition small shells with which our Victorian Ladies loved to upholster many objects, from vases to boxes, as if with the shells they wanted to evoke a pleasant trip to a beach resort and the reverbs of their mother-pearly valves were able to bring back memories so distant as to appear almost blurry ...

To my great delight I jumped at the chance to read one of the handbooks mentioned above written by Eleanor Lever entitled HOW TO MAKE WAX FLOWERS., published in the 80s of 1800 in which I admit I find detailed instructions and really it seems quite simple to make wax flowers: you had to take the wax sheet and then to cut on it the outline of the flower petals you had chosen - they were recommended roses, carnations, peonies, camellias - after you've drawn it on simple drawing paper or using a pattern; the petals so cut had to be colored with the pigments that Nature has given to the flower you were going to recreate by spreading them gently with the fingertips - brushes were only needed for variegated leaves, for example on certain types of carnation; then the single petal had to be passed for a few moments above the glass tube of a lamp so that the wax was heated a little and it was easier to shape the petal in the right way and paste it to the others.

Once realized the corolla, you had to cover with two strips of green wax a piece of sturdy wire that was supposed to represent the stem and then it was added to the cup, always cut out from green wax, sometimes it was found already in the kit; it was then the turn of the leaves which were formed from two sheets of green wax between which it was made slide a piece of wire, this time very thin, to constitute the grain, and, added to the corolla the stamens and pistil - often supplied too - the flower could be assembled.

For the bluebells of the lilies of the valley, another flower which Victorian Ladies loved to surround themselves with, there were real molds for digging the wax, which in this case had to be 'brick-shaped'.

The author also suggests other uses of wax flowers and one in particular has caught my mind probably because I'm going to make it for myself: she suggest to take some horseshoes to which pin the wax flowers, preferably small in this case, to create lovely centerpieces, or ornaments for the walls,



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or picture frames, to mount and hang on the wall above the fireplace (the photograph should be placed at the center of the horseshoe and this was a very popular and appreciated birthday gift for the times).

Many vintage images recreating those objects can nowadays be quite easily found in auspicious or greeting cards which can be sent by those loving this age ...



- picture 9,  picture 10 and picture 11 - Victorian style greeting cards



And if you want to jump back into the past that you love and that makes you feel ... at home, you may click HERE in order to have the little manual which I've just spoken to you about in full edition: you can read it online or download and print it to read it perhaps with more comfort, otherwise you can buy it directly in the updated edition at AMAZON as book which is part of a collection of reprinted old books, out of edition for so long, that we are going to rediscover and re-evaluating day by day.



As always, thank you very much for having followed me up to here and, in the hope to have let you spend a few minutes with pleasure, 
I embrace you all dearly and wish you all my best,


see you soon 💕











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60 commenti:

  1. Dany, non sapevo di questi fiori di cera, che meraviglia.
    C'è sempre da imparare ogni volta che leggo i tuoi post!
    Ti abbraccio e ti auguro una serena giornata

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    1. @ Manu
      grazie infinite per la visita e per le parole di entusiasmo che accarezzano il mio cuore ed alimentano la mia passione di storica e di ricercatrice !

      Contraccambio con tutto il cuore il tuo abbraccio, mia cara, che ti accompagni per ciò che rimane di questa fredda giornata di gennaio ❥

      Elimina
  2. Buongiorno cara Daniela e grazie per farmi iniziare la settimana in modo così delicato e sognante. Almeno per un po'..no?
    Bellissimo questo post, non ho assolutamente dubbi che potendo, mi sarei dedicata a questa attività creativa e non pensavo che allora ci fossero addirittura kit, spiegazioni e materiale specifico da poter acquistare per fare tutto ciò. Mi incuriosisce molto il libro che ci suggerisci, soprattutto per le tue spiegazioni, sempre così precise, puntuali ed accurate.
    Un grande abbraccio e buon inizio di settimana
    Susanna

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    1. @ Susanna
      tesoro, sei spesso nei miei pensieri ... dalla scorsa estate non avete pace ... il terremoto, la neve, poi il terremoto ancora ... sono con te con il cuore e con la mente, presente, come fossi al tuo fianco, credimi ... anche se il peggio lo sta vivendo il meridione, nelle Marche avete avuto comunque la vostra parte di avversità, povera cara ... e sono talmente lieta di averti donato qualche attimo di serenità, ovvero di spensieratezza !

      Quanto al libro, se hai visto lo puoi trovare sul web e stamparlo, io l'ho letto in pochissimo tempo ... è una sorta di manuale, simpaticissimo, talmente diverso dai compendi a cui siamo avvezzi ai nostri giorni, divertente ed entusiasmante, ti giuro che mi è venuta voglia di provare a farne qualcuno, anche se non so se sia tanto facile trovare i pigmenti adatti da spalmare sulla cera ... oggi molte cose causa la scarsa domanda sono del tutto scomparse dal mercato ... peccato, ma farò una ricerca, te lo prometto !

      Ti abbraccio forte forte e forte forte spero che ti raggiunga con tutto l'affetto e l'ammirazione che ho per te di cui è ... ricolmo !

      *♥* Un grande bacio *♥*

      Elimina
  3. It seems to me Victorian ladies in their lovely parlors, occupied themselves in the loveliest of crafts. The photos of the waxed flower arrangements are amazing. I would love to see a lovely bouquet of wax flowers created by your lovely hand, sweet Dany. =) They don't look at all easy to me.

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    1. @ Kim
      honestly I love to devote myself in all those activities requiring much time and patience, they relax my mind and fill my heart with peace !
      The thing is that I don't know if it can be possible to find everything which was necessary for making them, once it was an usual craft, today I don't know if going into a shop and asking for such a kit, the seller can and go on thinking that I'm a normal person !

      With all that's necessary, I really think that I'd love to make them ...

      Hope your week is off to a good start
      I'm sending blessings of joy on your coming days, darling friend,
      thank you for your always so lovely and heartily welcome visits ಌ•❤•ಌ

      Elimina
  4. cara dany
    nn sapevo di questo delizioso passatempo delle ladies vittoriane:)
    un modo piacevole per trascorrere le giornate e far durare la gioia dei colori floreali per sempre...
    ti auguro una buona settimana
    daniela

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    1. @ daniela
      penso che fosse davvero un passatempo allettante e gratificante ... sì, i fiori rimanevano immortalati nel momento della loro fioritura, come in un dipinto ... oggi abbiamo le fotografie cui forse potremmo paragonare tali composizioni, ma credo che il paragone davvero non regga, e lo dico pur traendo grande diletto dal fotografare la Natura ... i tempi sono cambiati, il progresso ha agevolato le nostre vite in molti ambiti, ma abbiamo perso molto, sia come usanze, sia sul piano sociale, sia per tutto quanto concerne la manualità, ahimè !

      Ti abbraccio mia cara, augurandoti una serena giornata,
      con il cuore colmo di gratitudine ed ammirazione ༺♡❀♡༻

      Elimina
  5. They are beautiful! It amazes me how creative some people are.

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    1. @ messymimi
      thanks most sincerely for visiting, you're heartily welcome !

      Our Victorian ladies were truly very creative and capable in so many crafts, maybe it's one of the reasons why I do feel to belong to that age in the deep of my heart, and love to explore their world which I do with sincere joy !

      May your day be filled with the deepest gladness ever ⊰✽*♥*✽⊱

      Elimina
  6. Hello, the wax flowers are beautiful. The Victorian ladies were very creative and talented. I would like to see the flowers you make. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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    1. @ eileeninmd
      you truly make my day, dearest friend !

      Oh, you cannot immagine how I'd love to have the time to delight myself in such a wonderful pastime, truth is that my days are so very short, I'd need some hours more every day :) !

      Hoping you're enjoying a lovely day, today,
      I'm sending blessings of joy on the remainder of your week,
      with sincere thankfulness ♥•♡•♥

      Elimina
  7. I so would have loved this craft! I have always been in awe of flowers, from the simplest bloom on a common weed to the complicated petals of the largest peony. They have a way of stopping me and stilling my mind. I loved this post so very much. Have a beautiful week Dany, all my Love, Andrea

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    1. @ Andrea
      my Dearest, your amusement is my delight and joy, thank you for gracing my blog today !!!

      Wishing you the best of Thursdays,
      I'm sending hugs and more hugs across the many miles,
      thinking of you with so much love ... always ❀≼♥≽❀

      Elimina
  8. My mother loved these. I have one that she game me long ago. A real treasure.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥♥♥

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    1. @ Sandee
      my lovely friend, lucky you !!!

      May your day too be blessed with joy and wonder,
      sending hugs and ever much love to you ♡❤♡

      Elimina
  9. Good morning. Thank you for sharing the beautiful arrangements. I hope you will post a photo of the one you plan to make.

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    1. @ Sarah
      good morning to you, sweet friend of mine, and thanks most sincerely for visiting today !

      In the hope to have soon the time for trying and make a little arrangement with flowers made of wax - these are truly so inspiring, aren't they ?!?-
      I'm sending my dearest love to you,
      with heartfelt gratitude •♥•♥•♥•

      Elimina
  10. I love all the images here, dear Daniela, and the cat caught my eye! Such a lovely post, as always! Thank you so much for sharing, my cherished friend. Love and hugs. :)

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    1. @ Linda
      it is I who thank you, Dearie, and I do it wholeheartedly, blessed be !

      Wishing you a joyous remainder of your week,
      I'm sending love and hugs to you,

      ❖~ MUCH LOVE ~❖

      Elimina
  11. Dany, these flowers are absolutely gorgeous. I truly have never seen anything like them. It is hard to believe that they are not real flowers.
    I am going to take a look at the book you mention here.
    Thank you so very much, sweet friend.
    Sending you hugs from across the ocean.
    xo.

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    1. @ Lisa
      precious friend of mine, your so beautiful words both of amusement and of interest and appreciation bless my day and fill my heart with joy, thank you, my Dearest !

      Trusting you're having the most pleasant of weeks,
      I'm wishing you love and peace for your coming days ❥

      Elimina
  12. cara daniela rinnovo i complimenti per il tuo blog come sempre la musica le splendide foto e le interessanti e curiose informazioni trasmettono una sensazione di serenità.Splendide queste composizioni anche perchè si prestano a molte varianti basta solo la fantasia e creatività.Un saluto affettuoso. Baby

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    1. @ Baby
      contraccambio con tanta gioia ed entusiasmo il tuo affettuoso saluto ringraziandoti ancora per la visita e le parole di elogio ... sei troppo generosa con me, amica mia !

      Ti abbraccio con tutto il cuore *•♥♥•*

      Elimina
  13. These arrangements are so elaborate - and don't gather dust! Wishing you lovely January days dear Dany 💕

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    1. @ riitta
      yes, the idea of putting such works of art under glass domes was absolutely genial, given wax gathers so much powder !

      In the hope you're having the best of weeks,
      I wish you much joy for your days to come ✿⋰⋱✿

      Elimina
  14. Ho sempre amato i salottini romantici delle ladies vittoriane e tu me li hai descritti con tutta la poesia di quei tempi. Meravigliose le composizioni
    Bacioni Alessandra

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    1. @ Alessandra
      mia dolcissima, romantica amica, le tue parole suonano come musica per il mio cuore, grazie !!!

      Sempre grata per la tua preziosa presenza ed ancor più per l'inestimabile partecipazione, ti abbraccio con il cuore colmo di gioia augurandoti una serena, piacevole giornata ♡ஐ♡

      Elimina
  15. I just loved the idea of covering the horseshoe with lovely flowers, so pretty! What an extraordinary amount of work it must have been to make those wax flowers. Such intricate and artistic handiwork would have to be involved for these to be created. I am amazed! If you do ever make your own, I hope you would share your creation here :) Hugs to you today! Always a joy to visit with you :)

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    1. @ SpicingUpIdaho
      ... and a joy, so very big, is to welcome you here and read your always beautiful words, which are like a ray of sun in my day, thank you, my Dearest !

      You're right, to put some little wax flowers on a horseshoe is truly a lovely idea ... I hope to have soon the time to delight myself in such a handwork ... for sure I'm not so very talented as Victorian Ladies were, they were really amazing !

      Trusting you're having a great week so far,
      I'm sending blessings of joy on your coming days,
      with so, so much love, dear, darling Marilyn ღ❀ღ

      Elimina
  16. Another beautiful, beautiful post, sweet friend. You are such a dear blessing to me and so many others through this amazing blog. Sending you much love and many hugs from the USA!!

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    1. @ Cheryl
      cherished friend, I'm always so touched and moved by your words, you're truly a kindred soul to me !

      Sending you all my love across the many miles,
      and blessings, so many blessings of joy to you ಌ•❤•ಌ

      Elimina
  17. You know I had never heard of them doing these beautiful flower creations back then, so I have learned something very new tonight, I love that you are planning on making one for yourself, oh please do share with us when you are done creating it. These creations they made are so real looking and just Beautiful. so interesting to know that they did more than needlework and drawing/painting back then. Wishing you a lovely week to come!

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    1. @ Conniecrafter
      Victorian Ladies were very talented in so many handworks, maybe not very known today, but they're really a source of inspiration for who loves crafts ... truth is, they hadn't a home to carry on, they had at least a pair of maids doing the houseworks we are doing today by ourselves, so for sure they had much more time than us and were more relaxed than us today !

      Sending hugs and more hugs to you,
      with always so much, sincere gratitude ✿⊱╮

      Elimina
  18. Dany, making wax flowers appear to take time and patience. I'm not sre if I have much of either these days to give to such a hobby but what a delight it was to learn how this is done. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Wednesday!

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    1. @ Cathy Kennedy
      it is I who thank you, sweet friend of mine, both for your presence here and for your nice words of enjoyment and appreciation !

      Sending my dearest love across the many miles,
      blessed be ❥

      Elimina
  19. Ah, thank you Dany for the link to the manual. It does seem a bit complicated, but with patience, would probably become a very enjoyable past time. And the end results would be that one would have some beautiful "flowers" to enjoy or give.

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    1. @ Cynthia
      I do agree with you, darling friend, patience is the first ingredient, much more important even than wax !

      So grateful to you for your amusement and appreciation of what I'm dealing with and suggesting in this post of mine, I'm sending you all my best, may your day be blessed with joy, sweetie ❀≼♥≽❀

      Elimina
  20. Hello Dany,

    These arrangements made with was flowers are incredible. I can't imagine the hours spent and patience for making such incredible masterpieces. These Victorian ladies were artists in their own right.

    The ladies of that time were taught many arts. It is a shame that we have lost those skills.

    Thank you for sharing these stunning arragements with us.

    Hugs,

    Janet
    rosemary-thyme.blogspot.com

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    1. @ Janet
      cherished friend of mine, I'm so glad, indeed, overjoyed by reading your appreciation for these works of art, since such they appear today at our eyes, don't they ?

      The more I deepen the Victorian age and the more I persuade myself that I really would have loved to be a Victorian Lady ... truth is, I was born in the wrong century !

      Enjoy your day, today, darling,
      and may your coming days be as Beautiful as you •♥•Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ•♥•

      Elimina
  21. These are beautiful, my dear Dany, and something that would be fun to try. I hope that you share your creations with us when you are done. It would be a long process for making the colored wax sheets and patterns, but would be so beautiful as a keepsake. The Victorians were so creative! Sending hugs and love xx Karen

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    1. @ Karen
      thanks most sincerely for gracing my blog today, dear, darling friend, bless you !

      You said it, it would be so nice to try, but I wonder whenever I could find the time for doing it ... it saddens me to give up those pastimes which would fill my heart ... !

      With so much gratitude,
      I'm thinking of you with all my love ஐ*❀*ஐ

      Elimina
  22. Quello che ho letto in questo tuo post è una scoperta sensazionale per me , un risvolto dell'atmosfera vittoriana di cui non ero a conoscenza ( ho sempre pensato che quelle composizioni floreali fossero di ceramica ) .
    Ti dirò di più : ho dato una lettura veloce al libro della Lever(grazie di averlo postato) e vi ho trovato consigli validissimi per la lavorazione di fiori in pasta di mais ( uno dei miei lavori manuali preferiti ). Sembra che il tempo si sia fermato !
    Un saluto colmo d'affetto ,
    Franca
    P.S. Ti scrivo con il mio nuovo blog ( una nuova avventura ! sito :3 followers ( una sei tu ! blog : ? )

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    1. @ Franca
      mia cara, sono felicissima di leggere di questa tua nuova avventura e lascia che ti faccia pervenire i miei più sinceri auguri !

      Quanto alla pasta di mais hai perfettamente ragione, questo antico passatempo potrebbe così essere riletto in chiave moderna, sei davvero un portento, non ci avevo pensato !

      Vengo subito a trovarti ツ

      Elimina
  23. They are absolutely gorgeous Dany! I have a friend that recently took a class learning how to make wax flowers. What a work of art! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. @ Jann
      dearest friend, oh how I'd love to take part to you friend's class, I want to learn this art for real !

      Wishing you the best of weekends,
      ✿•• I'm sending hugs and love to you ••✿

      Elimina
  24. O, Danyl...they are just stunning...you are very talented.

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    1. @ bj
      I welcome you with such a big hug, Dearie !

      Victorian ladies were very talented, these are some of the masterpiece they did, actually I haven't tried yet ...

      May your weekend be blessed with joy,
      with utmost thankfulness ❥

      Elimina
  25. One of my favorite things about the Victorian era is the beautiful drawing rooms in the large manor houses. I don't know that I would have fit in comfortably there though, for I am more of a cottage girl myself, but I love how beautifully adored they were.
    The was flower images are all so lovely dear Dany.
    sending love....

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    1. @ June
      I also feel myself to be a cottage girl, but those parlors preserve such a charm in my mind ... thank you for your words of appreciation about this topic, Dear, Dearest Friend, you're such a blessing to me !

      I hope your week ahead holds much joy !

      ⊰♥⊱ SENDING MUCH LOVE ⊰♥⊱

      Elimina
  26. Oh, it's so adorable! I'm impressed! It's a real masterpiece!

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    1. @ Olga Deeva
      I thank you wholeheartedly for your enjoyment, sweet friend !

      Hoping that your new week is off to a great start,
      I'm sending hugs and ever much love to you ಌ•❤•ಌ

      Elimina
  27. Hello Dany, you have a charming blogspot. It was beautiful reading through your post. So much work went into making these exquisite wax flowers, attention to tiniest of details - really lovely to see. Thank you too for repeating your commentary in English :D)

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    1. @ Sue
      you're sincerely welcome, thank you for your words of praise both about ~ My little old world ~ in general and the topic of this post of mine, I heartily appreciate them so, so much !

      ❖~ May your day be blessed with joy ~❖

      Elimina
  28. How amazing are these. I love the horseshoe one. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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    1. @ The Charm of HOme
      it is I who want to thank you, sweet friend of mine, and I do it wholeheartedly, with utmost gratitude !

      May your weekend ahead be as Beautiful as you, Dearie ♡❤♡

      Elimina
  29. Well, I am very behind in reading your blog but this post has intrigued me. I can't imagine the time and creativity it takes to create such intricate pieces. Those centerpieces under glass take my breath away. Little masterpieces.

    And, let me take a minute to wish you a very happy birthday. I saw that on FB today and of course said hello there but wanted to pass on special greetings for a wonderful new year.

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    1. @ Jeanie
      cherished friend, you're an artist, that's why I'm so very happy to read your words both of amusement and of appreciaton, yes, I also think them to be true artworks !

      And thank you for your greetings here too, darling, I appreciated so much your lovely words on fb - your thought was such a welcome surprise to me - and I want to express all my gratitude to you, you're really special, Dearie !

      Sending blessings of joy on your weekend to come ಌ❀ಌ

      Elimina
  30. This sounds so fun, Dany! I do hope you'll share your completed horseshoe with us! It would be my dream to spend an afternoon making wax flowers with you. Such fun!

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    1. @ June
      it would be my dream too, I wonder what an amusement, precious friend of mine !

      Wishing you a joyous day, today,
      and wonderful days to come,
      with much thankfulness ♥∗✿*✿∗♥

      Elimina

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