Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Plaster Roses

Here is how I made the plaster rose from my last post.




I had a rose to begin with.


You can use a silk rose, or a plastic one.  Just make sure either are clean.


This is a messy, but pretty simple project. You're going to need latex or vinyl gloves, plaster of paris, gesso,  a stirring stick, and a bucket or wide container for your mix.

Start with plaster of paris. Mix with water, till you get the consistency of pancake batter.  Make enough to immerse your rose in.  Then add a little white gesso. This will dry super fast if you don't have water on hand to keep the batter like consistency. Keep adding water if it starts to stiffen. Have your flowers ready. Put on your gloves and dip.



You want to saturate the rose with the mixture, and get in the crevices. If you are using a silk rose, you may have to do a little sculpting to get the shape you want.  When you're done, shake off the excess, and lay it on a plastic surface. I just used a plastic bag.



Depending on how thick you coat the rose, it will take a few hours to a day for it to stiffen and dry really well.





The finish will be chalky. You can dust it with a small paint brush.  Now, this is purely decorative. This is not something you want to bang around a lot. The plaster will chip. You can leave it this way, seal it with spray, or paint it.  I like the raw irregular look.  I put some of them in my vintage bottles.

There are a multitude of variations to this technique, but I wanted to give you a simple one.

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41 comments:

eclecticrevisited said...

very pretty...I think I like the raw look as well..I think this would look lovely mixed in with shells in a shelf or in a bowl...
what a fun project too..
best,
maureen

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Rosemary,

Well you just think of everything!! These plaster roses are amazing!!
So much texture love the white... Could you add colour to the plaster to make different hues of roses?

All the Best,
Christine

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

Lovely. thank you for the tutorial!

Kris said...

I think I like the raw look too! I love whites and neutrals so this is great!

Kris

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

May be simple for you, but me, not so much LOL. They are pretty.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

just stopping by to say hello :o) Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

Blessings & Aloha!

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

They are so pretty.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

We are now on creative overload! LOVE everything....of course we would! These roses are fantastic...simple yet so very cool! Love the stool in the last post - especially how you upholstered it with the torn fabric - love it! Oh....we've loved every minute hanging out with you Rosemary - thanks!!
Karla & Karrie

cityfarmer said...

oh my heavenly days girl ...

I'm thinking theme wedding ... I was just asked to help plan a location wedding in Oklahoma!


I'm, getting the dipping bucket ready

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh my gosh, Rosemary....THAT is the coolest thing ever! Seriously....! :) Thanks for another wonderful tut!

xoxo laurie

Divine Theatre said...

You ROCK!

Kerry Rossow said...

Holy roses, I love it! I can't get to the "pin it" button fast enough!
Thanks for stopping by my place!
Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

Rhissanna said...

These are just perfect. I'd wondered if this could be done, but had just assumed the plaster would just clump everything together. Thank you SO MUCH for your tutorial and your inspiration! I want a cluster of these on a mirror, just for starters.

Town and Country Gals said...

Rosemary,
girl, is there anything you can't do!!! That is to cool! They turned out great. Very clever!
Rebecca

lvroftiques said...

Rosemary I'm bowing to you girl! LOVE this! And I just happened to buy a french jardiniere today and was wondering what to put in it to do it justice?.....And then you came along with the perfect idea!....I'm thinking palest grayed pink.....*winks* Big smacky kiss on the cheek girlfriend! Vanna

SavannahGranny said...

So neat I notices the flowers on your dresser and thought they were lovely. Thanks for sharing your secret. Ginger

Jilly said...

These roses are fantastic, Simple yet so very cool looks also eye catching. The stool in the last post is marvelous- especially impressed to watch how you upholstered it with the torn fabric.
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Nyanser av vitt said...

They are lovely Rosemary

Cindy Adkins said...

WOW, Rosemary--this is completely ingenious!!!! AMAZING and beautiful!!!
XO
Cindy

Ispirato Design said...

I like the raw look as well. This is definitely a project that I want to try. I like the white but just curious how you would add color to the mix.

ReFresh ReStyle said...

Love, love, love...now I want some!
Debbie

andrea said...

These are funky and doable! Get DIY for a cute project! I like them white! andrea@townandprairie

Decorating with Cents said...

These are so neat, I just luv your post...suddenly all of these ideas are creeping through my head. Hope I stay sane long enough to do everything (LOL). Thanks for sharing I definitely want to give it a try.

Richard Cottrell said...

This is basically the same things the old times did with wax. They would make roses from crepe paper and dip the into hot wax. It was the fist fake flowers. Theses are darling and I could see a big urn full of them. Thanks for sharing, Richard from My Old Historic House.

SJ said...

I love how these turned out! I love the jars the flowers are in too!
www.shabbytochicqueencreek.blogspot.com

Fishtail Cottage said...

I am in love with what you did here! so lovely & fantastic! thanks for sharing the tutorial - just might try it out? xoxo, tracie

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

This is a fabulous and ingenious technique! Love it! And love the look!

Biljana said...

You are so talent, I love your roses, thanks for sharing:-)
Have a great day, hugs Biljana

Ido said...

Love the tutorial Rosemary. I like this technique to incorporate the roses in an architectural detail in the house, make them like they belong there. I don't know if I can expalin myself here, but for sure I'm gonna try it. Heading to Michael's for some plaster of Paris.
XXX Ido

Mandy said...

Beautiful!

Kelly said...

That's really a neat project! I You're just so creative.

Honey at 2805 said...

These are gorgeous, Rosemary. So happy to did the tutorial. I actuall saw this done on an old Christopher Lowell show (about 110 years ago) and did basically this same thing using a floral stem that was put on a placque, so when it was finished it looked like a all plaster thingy. The roses are magnificant!

Thank you so much for joinging Potpourri Friday. I appreciate your participation, Rosemany!

Shannon said...

What a cool idea! And I love the end result. If I'm brave enough I may even try a few roses myself! Thanks for the great tutorial!

Sherry said...

Rosemary,
How wonderful is this! I didn't realize you made these but, it makes so much sense. Such a great idea. Thanks for showing us all your great tricks! Thank you for linking it to Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I love these -- I wonder if you could add a few drops of acrylic paint to get some pale pinks or other colors? You know, just something VERY faint.

Ellen said...

what a great touch if you had an area that needed just that something. Thanks for showing how to do it....love it
Hugs,
Ellen

Miss Kitty said...

This is such a great way to re-cycle "silk" flowers past their prime. Thanks for sharing!

Decorating with Cents said...

Hi Rosa, just want you to know I tried the plaster roses and it turned out great (well, not as nice as yours)"smile". You can read it here. Thanks for sharing. http://decoratingwcents.blogspot.com/2011/11/my-inspiration.html

Waseem said...

I love this...I think I like the raw look as well

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Thespoena McLaughlin said...

completely adorable! Must try! Thanks so much for sharing your DIY