How to Create the Perfect Dahlia

by Anne Stegner

This flower is made from fish scales, approximately 400 or so.  Each fish scale was soaked several days so they were pliable.  I cut each one into the shape of the petal and then bent it into the shape I wanted.  Next a took some rope and tied each one (while they were wet) and let each scale dry overnight. Once dry, they were ready for painting.  Each petal was painted using two shades of orange.  The finished petals were placed into the Styrofoam ball and glued. 

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