Flowers from False Eyelash Clumps
I was stuck in the pharmacy waiting for a prescription when I decided to amuse myself by wandering through the store to see if I could find anything usable at 1/144 scale.
When I hit the “false eyelashes” in the Cosmetics Department, I knew they could be used for something, but I didn’t know what. Then I spotted the “eyelash clumps” — little tiny clumps (10-15 lashes per clump) and I knew I had the perfect stems for 1:144 flowers. They cost $2.99, so I bought a pack (which contains 56 clumps — that’s a LOT of flowers).
What I didn’t know at the time was, they also make great leaves (by clumping several lashes together) and great “saw grass” (putting several clumps together).
Here’s how I made two little vases of flowers:
1. False Eyelash “Clumps”
2. Seed Beads or Bugle Beads
3. Very Fine Floral Foam. I got mine (“Nu Foam”) at MiniKitz
4. Acrylic Craft Paints (assorted colors)
5. CA Glue. I used “Zap-A-Gap”.
6. Bamboo Skewers or toothpick (for applying glue)
7. Small sewing needle
9. Small Scissors
Removing lash clumps from packaging.
Use tweezers to lift an eyelash clump from the packaging. Note that the end of the clump has a light adhesive (similar to “rubber cement”), so the clumps are “stuck” in the box. A light tug removes them, but leaves the adhesive intact — nice because it keeps the clumps from flying away… most of the time.
Spreading the lashes for flower stems.
Place the clump on your work surface. Spread the lashes by applying pressure at the base of the clump (I used tweezers).
Notice the wide “blob” at the base of the clump — I’m going to mention it later.
Color the stems.
Apply dark green paint. Don’t worry if the lashes get somewhat clumped together (it’s going to happen), but keep them as spread as possible.
Allow paint to dry for 2-3 minutes. Use a razor blade or craft knife to separate the lashes. I like this step because it lifts up some of the paint and gives the stems a “hairier” and more organic look.
Adding the “flowers”.
Once again, apply pressure to base of clump to keep lashes separated. Using a toothpick or bamboo skewer, coat lashes with CA glue.
Use tweezers to pick up and sprinkle small bits of floral foam over the lashes coated with glue. Arrange foam to your liking… but don’t get to attached to the arrangement — you’ll likely lose some bits of foam when placing these stems in their vase. Additionally, don’t get too much foam on the bottom half of the clump — this portion is going to be pulled through the “bead vase” and removed.
If you don’t have floral foam, you can make some interesting budding plants by dipping the lashes in acrylic paint. You can see an example of “paint buds” in Step 6. If you decide to use paint, you can skip applying glue.
Remember the “blob” I mentioned in Step 2? Well, that “blob” doesn’t fit into the bead we’re going to use as a vase. So trim the blob FROM THE SIDES. Don’t simply remove the blob, it holds the lashed together. Small scissors work best for this step.
Making the leaves.
Create leaves repeating Steps 1-3 on a new clump. I recommend using a pale green paint. Instead of separating the individual lashes in this painted clump, divide the clump into 2-3 small groups. Allow the paint to dry before attempting to work with the leaves further (if you’re using acrylic paints, the dry time is very short).
Placing flowers in vase.
Apply CA glue to base of flower clump. Thread clump through sead bead or bugle bead. Use whatever means available, lol. I use tweezers to hold the bead and a very thin sewing needle to push the clump into the bead.
Dependent on the size of your bead hole, you may have to separate one clump into 2-3 smaller ones and thread the individual clumps through.
Use tweezers to pull clump through bottom of bead until flowers are desired height above top of bead. Apply dot of CA glue at base of bead. Allow to dry. Trim excess stem below bottom of vase.
Adding the leaves to vase.
Sometimes the hole in the bead will be large enough to force the entire leaf clump into the bead. Other times it will be necessary to trim the leaves prior to placing them in the vase and then add the leaves one at a time by dipping each leaf base in CA glue and then popping it into the bouquet wherever you like.
If needed, you can now use a razor or sewing needle to “arrange” the flowers. Also, if you lost many of the “blossoms” in the building process or simply need more blooms, you can dab CA glue on stems and place floral foam with tweezers.
From top of the flowers to the bottom of the vase, the “large” vase in the picture stands about 4-feet tall (in 1/144 scale) and the small vase stands about 2-1/2 feet tall.