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Artificial flowers and imitations of natural flowers are sometimes made for scientific

purposes (as the collection of glass flowers at Harvard University, which illustrates the flora of the United States), but more often as articles of decoration and ornament.

A large variety of materials have been used in their manufacture by different peoples at different times - painted linen and shavings of stained horn by the Egyptians, gold and silver by the Romans, rice-paper by the Chinese, silkworm cocoons in Italy, the plumage of highly colored birds in South America, wax, small tinted shells. More recent production methods use carved or formed soap, nylon netting stretched over wire frames, ground clay and mass produced injection plastic mouldings.

The industry is now a highly specialized one with several different manufacturing processes used.

Cloth and Paper Flowers

Paper flowersFive main processes may be distinguished:

The first step consists of putting the fabric in gelatine in order to stiffen it.

The second consists of cutting up the various fabrics and materials employed into shapes suitable for forming the leaves, petals, etc.; this may be done by Scissors, but more often stamps are employed which will cut through a dozen or more thicknesses at one blow.
The veins of the leaves are next impressed by means of a die, and the petals are given their natural rounded forms by goffering irons of various shapes.






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American Canyon Flowers & More
102 Antonina Ave, American Canyon, CA 707 647-3106

Fairfield Flowers
Fairfield, CA 707 425-7399

2416 Magowan Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 707 542-5008

Flowes By Karine
927 Golf Course Dr, Rohnert Park, CA 707 585-7508

Freeze Dried Product Group
216 Monterey St, Vallejo, CA 707 554-4928

Grohe Florists
8750 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor, CA 707 837-7366

Michaels Stores
105 Plaza Dr, Vallejo, CA 707 552-0165
1310 Gateway Blvd, Fairfield, CA 707 421-2822
1051 Helen Power Dr, Vacaville, CA 707 446-1991
1359 N Mcdowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 707 766-9418
2775 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 707 591-9382
400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael, CA 415 446-7390

Napa Florist
Napa, CA 707 224-1540

Novato Flowers
Novato, CA 415 883-0378

Rose Florist & Gift Shop
1818 Texas St, Fairfield, CA 707 422-7181

Silk Etc Floral Supply Co
321 Greenmont Dr, Vallejo, CA 707 644-1027

Silk Gardens Floral Wholesale
3440 Industrial Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 707 578-0215

Stella's Flowers
1553 S Novato Blvd # E, Novato, CA 415 898-3533

Vallejo Florist
Vallejo, CA 707 552-5003

Vanessa's Arts & Crafts Outlet
215 Marina Ctr, Suisun City, CA 707 427-2799

Winding Rose Florist & Gifts
52 Mission Cir # 124, Santa Rosa, CA 707 539-7673
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The next step is to assemble the petals and other parts of the flower, which is built up from the center outwards;
The fifth is to mount the flower on a stalk formed of brass or iron wire wrapped round with suitably colored material, and to fasten on the leaves required to complete the spray.
Origami methods may also be used to produce paper or cloth flowers.

Soap Flowers

Two methods are used:

A bar with layered colored soap is mounted in a lathe and a chisel is used to create circular grooves. This is the carved form of soap flowers, the finished flower is very symmetric and regular, but the flowers are not identical and thus hand made.
An oil-less soap is milled to a powder, water is added and the paste is used as a modelling material. Stamps and rollers are used to emboss leaf and petal textures onto the soap. This is a very expensive, labour intensive process which requires huge skills and patience.
By the time of this writing there is only one known manufacturer, selling their products under the brand names of DecoSoap - Soap-Porri in Europe and Soap-Porri in the United States.

Clay flowers are clay dried and ground to a powder, water is added and colouring and the finished paste used as a modeling paste. Someone then models the flowers, and the process is almost complete.

Plastic Flowers
Mass manufactured injection moulding is used, the plastic is injected into a preformed metal die resulting is identical flowers in high volumes.

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