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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

A Rock by any other Name...

Oasis Design 6
In geography, an oasis is a remote area of vegetation in a desert, typically surrounding a spring or similar water source.

In Floral design Oasis is basically the same thing.

It is a small block of floral foam that we use as a water source for plant material.
But as a contemporary designer there is so much more you can do with Oasis. Over the coming month I will explore and use Oasis (focusing mostly on Rainbow Oasis) in my designs and add a few tutorials as I go along.

My Oasis design series include: Prickly Oasis, my take on using Oasis as a water source, A Work of Heart, using Oasis to weigh down an underwater garland Hanging Garden Oasis in powder form, One Singular Sensation, carving pebbles, Crossing Boundaries, using Oasis to conceal mechanics and A Rock by any other Name.. for Oasis rocks
See below for the design links

A Rock by any other Name

It's not really what we call things that matter but what they are made of- in this design, it's made of all three types of Oasis and wool.

Detail of A Rock by any other Name design

I carved the rocks to be slightly more pod shaped than rounded to emphasize the shape of the lily buds.

Lilies and Oasis pebbles.

A Mikado Reed armature or grid placed over the rocks keeps the lilies nestled securely in a double half moon.

Mikado Reed armature for the lilies.

I made a very thin felt strip from wool to cover the test tubes with so that they blend and disappear into the design without distracting from the pod shapes.

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet”
William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

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Tutorials

19 February 2011 Rainbow Oasis rocks!

Trying all kinds of floral foam to get the best results when carving

1 February 2011 Felt

How to tangle wool into felt and make pebbles, felt strips and test tube covers

2 January 2011 Lilies

How to keep Lilies in bud for longer. Removing the pollen. Stringing a Lily Garland.

19 February 2011 Pebbles

Cut and smooth pebbles out of Rainbow Oasis

30 March 2012 Keep pod shaped flowers in bud for longer

Sometimes you want to keep flowers in tight bud for as long as possible to suit your design

Favourite Flowers

Lilium

Lily

Related Designs

24 August 2011 Touchstone

A Touchstone is something or even someone that you can rely on to evaluate the strength or worth of an idea or concept.

19 February 2011 Crossing Boundaries

Twig waterfall creates the boundary between the "under" and the "over" of the design. Tutorial: How to cover test tubes with Rainbow Oasis

8 February 2011 Prickly Oasis

Create the two or more coloured details with Rainbow Oasis.

11 February 2011 A Work of Heart

Carving hearts out of Rainbow Oasis to create an under water design

17 February 2011 Hanging Garden

Hanging garden Design using Rainbow Oasis Powder

1 June 2016 The ties that Bind

Bind a lily to create a trumpet shape as it opens

24 August 2016 Details

Glue twigs to create a vase shaped armature

2 November 2016 Pick your poison

A Fun Halloween design with "poisonous mushrooms" tucked between the moss and petals

19 April 2017 A spongy home for this octopus orchid

An unusual mechanic for a tiny orchid design

6 September 2017 One of those difficult questions

Glue a bunch of twigs inside a container to create a round stack

15 November 2017 Alchemy

Gently stand leaves upright in a Kenzan

17 January 2018 Flowering Between a Rock and a Hard place

Create a subtle contrast by floating or anchoring some of your design elements.

30 May 2018 You see... here is the Thing:

Glue a grass snippet grid for shallow container design

6 June 2018 Hi-Lo

Perfect stems, perfect flowers. Needs nothing more.

15 August 2018 Bursting with excitement

Loosely weave grass to create a decorative grid keeping flowers in place over a square container.

19 September 2018 Before I show you my book- let me show you my book

… and why we call this the special craftsmanship edition

3 April 2011 One Singular Sensation

Three Lilies plaited to create a sensational, singular flower "growing" out of a Equisetum dome filled with Rainbow Oasis pebbles.