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flowerbomb tutorial « flowerbomb

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Flowerbomb is easy to make but need attention and a little practice. In this tutorial I am using a plastic ball which can be parted into two halves. The flower seeds you can use for this bomb are different and depend on your intentions.

List of supplies:

1. Mould. the plastic ball is 7 cm width and is available at most hobby shops.
2. Clay. Use clay with a fine grain to make the job easy. Available at most hobby shops.
3. Dry soil. Buy at garden shop or from your own garden or from the forrest.
4. Fertilizer. You can use manure, but fertilizer is easier to mix and more effective.
5. Glue. Buscuit glue is aspecially for pottery. But you can use also natural adhesives like bone glue.
6. Flower seeds For this bomb you dont need special seeds. I personally like the poppy because it’s strong and beautifull and grows basically anywhere. Here is a link to check out some flowers.

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1. If you don’t have a plastic ball, you can use a saucer or anything
else with an open and hollow form. Knead a piece of clay till it’s one good chump. This is to prevent the clay shell from breaking when it is drying.

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2. Press the clay evenly into the hollow mould. Make the layer not to hick. You need to have thin layer so the shell will crush and scatter easier. Make the edge a little thicker, to get more adhesive surface.

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3. when you think the layer is thin enough, you need to cut away the excess clay. Take a sharp knife and cut it away the clay by using the edge of the mould as a guidence. follow the same steps with the other part of the mould. When your done with claying the shells, leave them to dry. Air drying is the best. Don’t pick the mould up untill it’s totally dry.

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4. when the clay shells are drying in the moulds, you will see the shells shrink. This is why you schould use the inside of a mould with no complex obstacles in it. Otherwise the shell will break or not get loose from its mould. When the shells are finished drying. You gently need to sand the edges of the shells to get a smooth line for glueing the two parts together. Use a soft granule (180) for the sanding.

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5. Take one halve of the shell and fill it with dry earth. It’s important that the soil is totally dry. If there is any moist in it, the clay shell will get soft again and the seeds will start germinate or rotten in the bomb. Last you ad the fertilizer and the flower seeds.

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6. Take the other halve of the clay shell and find the best position to bring the two halves together. Make a little mark so you don’t forget the position. Put some glue on the edge. Biscuit glue dries within 20 seconds, so be fast.

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7. Gently bring the two halves together. There is no need to put pressure on it. Just leave it to dry for a few minutes. The flowerbomb is finished. It took me two bombs to get the hang of it. After that it only takes me 5 minutes to make a flowerbomb while watching a movie.