Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Adjusting the curve in plant material
Most stems need to dehydrate for about 30 minutes to curve. For more detailed information on how to manipulate stems see the Tutorial below.
To adjust or add a curve in bigger stems pad the stem with your hand. Do not bend it at such a sharp angle that the stem snaps.
Create a sharper angle by padding the stem with your thumb.
Thinner stems can be wrapped around the container to keep it in place
See the Tutorial below for more information about designing with new growth.
Soft stems like the Arum lilies can be massaged to curve.
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to curve arum lilies.
Try to follow the natural curve of the flower and exaggerate that.
To create flowing curves massage the flower carefully and build up in the curve without damaging the stem..
Set the stems in water to hydrate again.
... and the flowers will now gracefully curve down the design.
Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...
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Follow the flower's natural curve but you can also curve only sections to create an elegant crescent or a curve at the tip of the stem
Cut a few willow twigs to split to create legs for the armature
Hang the arum lilies from the edge of a container to support all the other floral details.
Getting the balance just so... so that you lean into the first sights of Autumn.
Pull tab support for "canned" Calla lilies and bunny-tail grass.
Manipulate fresh willow stems to create a sprouting armature for long tulip stems
Freely translated it means Each Moment, Only Once. It is a saying associated with Japanese tea ceremonies.
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