Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
A Sprouting Spring Twig Heart
Draw a heart shape on paper
Match a few sprouting spring twigs to follow the shape of the heart
Carefully glue in twigs to offer support
As a rule of thumb I glue each twig that will be a connection at three places this creates a really strong armature
Follow the top curves and glue the twigs in place
For more detailed instructions on how to manipulate twigs see the Tutorial below
Glue the twig heart on to a sprouting twig...
... and place it at an angle in a container filled with water
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