There is no art more easily acquired, nor more encouraging in its immediate results, than that of modelling flowers and fruit in wax. We do not mean that it is easy to attain the highest perfection in this art; but that, compared with other pursuits of a similar nature, the difficulties to be surmounted are comparatively few; and the first rewards of perseverance come very speedily, and are surprisingly agreeable. The art, however, is attended by this drawback - that the materials required are somewhat expensive. But then, the flowers produced are of value, and this is a set-off against the cost.

1877. The materials required for commencing waxen-flower making will cost from $5,00 to $10,00; and no progress can be made without this outlay at the starting.

1878. The materials may be obtained at most fancy repositories in large towns; and persons wishing to commence the art would do well to call at those places and inquire the particulars, and see the specimens of materials; because, in tnis, as in every other pursuit, there are novelties and improvements being introduced which no book can give an idea of.

1879. Those who reside in places where they cannot obtain the requisite materials, may procure information by writing to any of the many dealers in those articles in New York.

1880. There are some small works published, which profess to teach the art.

1881. But they are, in fact, written by professors, and the chief aim of them is to sell the materials, which they are written to advertise.

1882. Those who wish to pursue ..he subject further than our instructions will take them, may be able to refer to either or all of the works mentioned.

1883. Printed instructions are, however, of comparatively little value, except at the starting, to supply the simplest elements of the art.

1884. The petals, leaves, etc. of flowers, are made of sheets of coloured wax, which may be purchased in packets of assorted colours.

1885. The stems are made of wire of suitable thicknesses, covered with silk, and overlaid with wax; and the leaves are frequently made by thin sheets of wax pressed upon leaves of embossed calico. Leaves of various descriptions are to bo obtained of the persons who sell the materials for wax-flower making.

1886. Ladies will often find among their discarded artificial flowers, leaves and buds that will serve as the base of their wax models.

1887. The best guide to the construction of a flower - far better than printed diagrams or patterns - is to take a flower, say a tulip, a rose, or a camelia. If possible, procure two flowers, nearly alike, and carefully picking one of them to pieces, lay the petals down in the order in which they are taken from the flower, and then cut paper patterns from them, and number them from the centre of the flower, that you may know their relative positions.

1888. Theperfect flower will guide you in getting the wax petals together and will enable you to give not only to each petal, but to the contour of the flower, the characteristics which are natural to it. In most cases they are merely pressed together and held in their places by the adhesiveness of the wax. From the paper patterns the wax petals or other portions of the flowers may be cut. They should be cut singly by a scissors rather loose at the points; and the scissors should be frequently dipped into water to prevent the wax from adhering to the blades.

1889. The scraps of wax that fall from the cuttings will be found useful for making seed vessels, and other parts of the flowers.

1890. Very few and very simple instruments are required, and these may be purchased at the place where the wax sheets, etc, are obtained.

1891. With regard to the leaves of flowers,where the manufactured foundations of them cannot be obtained, patterns of them should be cut in paper, and the veinous appearance may be imparted to the wax by pressing the leaf upon it. 1692. In the construction of sprigs it is most important to be guided by sprigs of the natural plant, as various kinds of plants have many different characteristics in the grouping of their flowers, leaves, and branches.

1893. It would be possible to extend tbese instructions to an indefinite length, but nothing would be gained thereby. The best instruction of all is - take a flower and COPY IT, - observing care in the selection of good sheets of wax, and seeing that their colours are precisely those of the flower you desire to imitate.

1894. For the tints, stripes, and spots of variegated flowers, you will be supplied with colours among the other materials, and the application of them is precisely upon the principle of water-colour painting.