Actually, the flower itself isn't very soft. It's a dried up Sedum blossom from the yard, stuck in a very small (2") vase carved from one piece of stone, but the light itself is about as soft as I've ever been able to get. I saw an article from LightStalking.com on facebook the other day on how to make a do it yourself light tent from cardboard boxes and cloth (http://www.lightstalking.com/do-it-yourself-make-your-own-light-tent-on-the-cheap/), but I wanted something a little more durable. I bought a Sterlite tub and a couple of cheap desk lamps at Wal-Mart, popped in a couple of daylight LED bulbs, taped in a piece of legal paper, and voila . . . Works pretty well if you ask me, and it can all be packed in the tub and stored in the garage or attic until I get the indoor macro bug again. My infamous black velvet will probably be used too. . . later.