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
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
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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.
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.
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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