In response to several requests, I made a real life version of my wallpaper flower so I could share the specs with you. I hope you like the name. Getting the right size balance between the center ring and its spokes turned out to be surprisingly fiddly; too loose and it was floppy and didn't hold its shape, too tight and the whole flower would torque in peculiar ways. This version, though, is just right. It's tight enough to maintain its shape perfectly even when suspended but not so tight that it torques under its own tension.
As mentioned in the comments on the wallpaper post, it's based on the Parallel Flowers design but with more petals and the addition of a center ring and spokes. I made one change between the virtual design and the real one. In the real design, the spokes are connected to the pairs of sandwich rings rather than to the captive rings, as they are in the virtual flowers. That change makes the design more stable and prevents floppiness in the spokes.
- Each flower is 1 inch in diameter and requires:
- 18 rings, 18g/6.0mm
- 12 rings, 18g/3.25mm
- 6 rings, 20g/3.25mm
- 1 ring, 16g/4.75mm
To connect them together, you'll need 2 more 18g/3.25mm rings between each pair of flowers. (For greater flexibility, as might be needed for a small bracelet, use 18g/3.5mm rings to connect the flowers to each other.) Connect the sandwich rings to each other, rather than the captive rings, for greater stability and balance in the design.
P.S. This post describes our first WallFlower, the 18g round. We now offer ringsets for both round and square WallFlowers in multiple gauges.
This design is very tight and the medallions are rigid enough to stand on edge. The flowers are so stiff they feel like coins in your hand. These elements can be used as pendants, earrings, or joined together in a chain. We recommend 2 pair of flat nose pliers for closing the square rings and 2 pair of chain nose pliers for the tight spaces and especially for connecting to the center ring. if you haven't made Wallflowers before, we recommend you start with the round ring version before tackling the squares.
Each 20g Square WallFlower is made with:
1 - 18g/4.25mm Square
18 - 20g/5.0mm Square
18 - 22g/2.625mm Square