The fabric is nailed together with a wood frame, and dropped in a gum, starch or flour bath (silk).
The dressing is made also with brush (velvet), allows to stiffen the fabric before its shaping.
The fabric dressed is layered in the cutter press. Each flower correspond to different sizes of punch, the rose is number 70.
Numerous period punches (Legeron family legacy) are available for the cutter. The fabric is cut on the bias to assure the firmness on modeling.
The cut petals are colored hand-made by Mr Legeron himself, in a bath prepared on a basis of eleven colorants of aniline and surgical spirit. A first color gives the petal’s ton and will dry in a blotting paper.
The surgical spirit evaporates; the second color will dress the petals borders shading off.
The colored petals will dry an entire night on a shelf. « When it dries quietly, the color will be beautiful »
A fast drying will spread the color and it would appear marbling aspect.
Placed on a damp blotting paper, petals became soft before to be modulated. A ball burned to flame, and fast cooled with wax, will give volume to petals. The finishing touches, the balled alteration, the pleats, the frizzing are made with tucks.
Fixed with glue all around a brass shaft, petals will surround one to one the pistil to the center of the flower. It will dry few hours, stuck in a lead.
The foliage, and the brass shaft covered by silk thread, paper and gutta, will be the last finishing touches. The flower is finished.