Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Scouring Rush, Horsetail, snake grass, puzzle grass
Equisetum is near- cosmopolitan, being absent only from Antarctica. Equisetum is a .living fossil., as it is the only living genus of the entire class Equisetopsida, which, for over one hundred million years were more diverse and dominated the understory of late Paleozoic forests. Some Equisetopside were large trees reaching to thirty meters tall.
Over twenty five species
Bright green with black horizontal bands
Dries to a natural light green out of water. If used in a vase the stems will root, over time,and can be planted.
Knot one end of the stem to create a natural flower "test tube", bend it, plait it, press LED lights into it, press a wire through it to curl and shape it (as seen in photo above). Simplistic and distinctive in designs.
Give the stem a fresh cut and hydrate in warm water.
A fun hanging design that spins in the slightest breeze.
A fun design to create a spinning diamond frame using minimal plant material for maximum effect.
A wire in the hollow cavity inside a shoot of equisetum makes it easy to manipulate into a heart
Craft a wreath with a hollow cavity inside to use as an armature for your flowers
My demonstration explored ways to tell a story with floral art designs
Equisetum is hollow and jointed resembling miniature bamboo but it can be shaped into spirals by wiring the shoots
This is a detailed look at my second Floral Fable demonstration design
Three Lilies plaited to create a sensational, singular flower "growing" out of a Equisetum dome filled with Rainbow Oasis pebbles.
A mould is a hollow container or profile used to give shape to molten or hot liquid material as it cools and hardens.