Feather flowers were popular in Victorian times, when ladies crafted intricate displays of feathered flowers in glass domes. While the ingredients have changed (florist balls have long replaced book wax), the basic technique remains the same. Flower options are limitless--japonicas, roses, hibiscus. But the majestic cornflower, one of the few true blue flowers in the flower kingdom, is an extremely beautiful flower to reproduce in feathers.
Make the stem. Place a small dot of glue on the tip of the pipe cleaner. Plunge the pipe cleaner into the florist ball.
Place a very thin ribbon of glue along the entire length of the pipe cleaner. Starting at the opposite end of the florist ball, wrap the pipe cleaner tightly with the green yarn in a circular motion. Cover the entire length of the pipe cleaner until you reach the florist ball. Glue the end of the yarn into place.
Cut the wire into 10 two-inch sections.
Create the filaments. Thread 10 seed beads onto each section of wire, securing the top end by bending it over with pliers.
Dab one wire end with a little glue, and plunge it as far as possible into the top center of the florist ball. The beads will prevent the wire from going in too far.
Repeat Step 5 for the other nine bead sections. The sections should be arranged, evenly spaced, in a half-inch diameter circle on top of the ball.
Create the nectar. Glue the remaining seed beads in-between the beaded wires, staying inside the imaginary half-inch circle. Leave until completely dry.
Create the petals. Starting next to the nectar circle, place a dab of glue to the tip of one feather and plunge it into the florist ball up to the feather's base.
Repeat Step 8, moving in a clockwise direction and placing one petal after another. Continue putting all the feathers into the ball in a tight, spiral pattern.