Been seeing many different lotus flowers made with scales. Most are made with scales and jump rings. But since I learned from Xander's tutorial on double-layer scales and rubber flowers, and seeing several other scale flowers with multiple layers, I've been wanting one. And here's my experiment.
The center is covered with a little wire spiral.
And the bottom is rather open and flat. With all the little jump rings pulling outward, they function kind of like a stand for the flower.
Using rubber rings instead of jump rings has its advantage, no fussing over closure; but they can be tricky since they are always "closed"; a different way of thinking and linking required:-)