Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
- 22 November 2017
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Choose a fresh, green twig with a nice fork in the branches.
You can also use a dried twig but then you would need to drill guide holes into the wood for the wire support.
Press a pin into the wood to make a hole.
Replace the pin with a thin length wire and press a hole into the opposite side
You can also use pins instead of wire if your fork in the twig is not as wide as this one. I used wire because I wanted to adjust the length of the wires before gluing the acorns in.
Overlap the wires where the twig split to offer additional support.
Place the twig in your container and cut it to size
Glue in the acorns to build up the armature
Glue in a tiny water tube.
I make water tubes from drinking straws. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions
Finish the acorn armature around the water tube
Fill the water tube with water and add the fresh floral material
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