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New Architectural Flower kits!

The Flower Kits are finished up, and the pre-orders are all shipped out. I have just about a dozen left to offer, would you like one? The PDF is lovely, and shows the many ways that the basic pattern can be arranged and tailored in place, and the kit comes with a glorious selection of colours, enough for two great pieces. I’ve done a video to go with the kits; it shows how I arrange, fold, hold and tailor the pieces into all of these forms.

I am collecting LARGE brooches and flower focals for our runway show at the Mingei Museum in San Diego this August 15, and I hope you will whip one up and send it in! Each kit contains all of the basic colours from my series of flowers, with some variety in the extras (so we get a good variety of pieces).  $140.

Order here:  Architectural Flower Kit, Limited Edition

Flower Composite 2 web

About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon, globe-trotting writer and metalsmith, has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and loves warm weather, nice people, rides in the car, and good books.

7 comments on “New Architectural Flower kits!

  1. Cathy
    December 28, 2017

    I took a class on exploding rounds. When I tried to make a second one, I had a tiny length of beading thread between the starting thread and first detonation. Why did this happen?

    • katemckinnon
      December 28, 2017

      If you could show me a picture, I could confirm, but if the tiny thread was loose, then that was simply the piece of thread left between the body of the piece and your first snip. There is always a tiny tail.

      If it was a continuous thread, then you must have somehow woven in a tail or a start that ended up exposed. Either way, just be sure to reinforce the Detonation Round with a pass of thread before you call it done or build on it further. That’s important, because you’ve removed one of the two threads that every peyote round should have.

      Curious, who taught a class on Exploding Rounds? I encourage it, and like to keep track of who is teaching CGB techniques.

  2. Patricia Wren
    April 23, 2015

    Can’t find anything with the password in it (not even in my Spam folder!) … the beads are awesome and I’m ready to roll…

  3. Irene Landaw
    April 8, 2015

    Mine came today! Great colors! How/where do I download instructions? Thanks! Irene

    Sent from my iPhone; Please excuse my iThumbs!


    • katemckinnon
      April 8, 2015

      On this page! Laughing. Did you enter your password? If so, just choose a file size, and have a look at the new video. I’ll email you the password in case you missed it in your email.

  4. Marilyn S
    April 6, 2015

    Can we buy just the pattern for $25? I have an excess of beads and this looks like something I could use them on.

    Marilyn Solberg Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2015 13:34:46 +0000 To:

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