My mother-in-law gave me some more cedar rose cones recently. I had never seen anything like them until she gave me a couple, years ago. They come from the Deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara), which is native to the Himalayas, but grown in the United States too. When the cones fall to the ground, they shatter, and the resulting damage makes the cone look like a wooden rose. They are really quite beautiful.
I started by removing the back of the frame, and taking out the flowered insert. It was a heavy board-like material, and all the flowers were inserted through drilled holes, and then secured with globs of glue on the back. This is a close-up of two of the flowers.
In this photo, I only had two more to add. I also should mention that a couple of them were too tall to fit between the backing and the glass, so I had to take a few of the cone leaves off, until I was able to close the shadowbox completely. I typically tested each one before I did any gluing. Most of them were flat enough to fit fine, but I did have two that I trimmed down, which made the cones a bit smaller in the display.
And here is the finished product. I like the printed background that gives it some color, and of course, the blue flowers. Now, they hopefully will stay free of dust and damage, and still be able to be seen.
Thanks for looking!
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