The Learning Orchid

Title:The Learning Orchid



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Artist:Lena Shore


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Oh the Learning Orchid…

My first orchid I made separately. I created it first, cured it, and then attached it to the rest of the piece and then cured it again. The first problem was the double-baking. I had used wire to add some support to the petals. When they came out of the oven warm I bent them to give them some more shape. When I baked it for the second time to attach to the rest of the piece the flower cracked (see image in gallery below). I think when I bent the warm petals it caused some stress. When they heated up the second time, the clay got soft and tore at the stressed areas. There is another theory that it had to do with the wire – but I don’t think so. However, I am going to do some test petals to see what happens.

So, I snipped off the first orchid and created a new one. No wires this time. I just propped up the wet clay with cotton balls for removal later.

I also discovered that the wood base was too thin and it warped in the oven. I told Kevin and he tried to explain that if I put water on the OTHER side and let it dry it might flatten it back out. But, we had a misunderstanding and watered the wrong side and it got worse. So, now it’s curved just a little bit EXTRA. So, don’t bake thin wood. Don’t water warped wood the wrong way. Don’t bake flowers twice.

But, the bug turned out cute. So, all is not lost.

  • Size: 5″ x 7″
  • Materials: Warped wood, polymer clay, a bit of acrylic paint.


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  1. Lena Shore on January 27, 2015 at 3:07 pm


  2. Richard Robertson on January 27, 2015 at 9:19 am

    The piece certainly turned out well, and you learned something. Must be a success.

    • Lena Shore on January 27, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      I learned too much at once.

  3. Mary Kate Kopec on January 27, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I think I’m gonna need to add a cute bug to my wish list. Are you keeping track, or should I start writing this down. lolol

  4. Mary Kate Kopec on January 27, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Beautiful! Simply WOW!!! And the bug … that’s the cutest bug I’ve ever seen!!! I loves him OH SO MUCH!!!

    You made this flower a little less purple, but it’s lovely. The whole piece together is eye-popping.

    I cracked up about the materials. Warped wood. lol

    • Lena Shore on January 27, 2015 at 3:08 pm


      The first flower has a base of pink. This time I used a white clay. I thought about trying to match it – but that seemed to stressful.

      It’s very tricky to use unwarped wood and to get it to warp “just right”. I’m super skilled. (;

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