Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Balanced branch with dangling macrame vases
Wedge a branch into the opening of a display container
Okay... wait. Maybe we should take a step back because actually finding a perfect branch is really the trick, I think. This week in your notification email I tell you more about what to look for when buying branches to design with. And I do suggest you rather buy branches from a reputable and sustainable source rather than forage. The sign up is below this post.
Also if you are still searching for your perfect large design branch... I have a Tutorial below on how to assemble one from smaller driftwood pieces.
Knot fishing line to string up the tiny vases...
Book readers turn to page 175 for a How To for this Macrame inspired way to hang vases. If you want more inspiration for choosing vases (other than the glass seahorses I have here turn to page 196 and for a much, much quicker way to hang the vases (in fact quickly try this- you will be amazed how well it works...) turn to page 80. For more information about my book:
The Effortless Floral Craftsman
... but I have another Tutorial for you linked below this post to get you started.
And hang the vases to dangle from the branch.
Wire a few of the vases...
And slip that into the cracks in the driftwood so that...
The vases are secured to stand away from the branch when filled with water.
Place the Phalaenopsis orchid into the water filled vases.
Add a few jasmine vines into the vases to drape over the driftwood branch.
And add a few sparkling dew drop crystals to finish the design.
See the Tutorial below for how I add these crystals with a pin.
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
Stack and glue driftwood to rest on bottles to create a frog to keep thin blades of grass neatly in place
When I hang these delicate glass bubbles I want to make sure they are really secure. By slipping them into Macramé inspired knots they are not only hanging securely but the...
I don't always want to wire my test tubes into the design. I like to create a bit of movement by simply hooking the tubes to gently swing.
A quick solution for a minimal horizontal autumn display -on top of bud vases.
Bend and weave three wire wreaths to string up as an air plant chandelier
Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase
Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.
Wire and glue the driftwood at an angle to balance on a pebble
Managed to find an utterly gorgeous branch... perfect contrast to the minimal orchids.
A closer look at my design at the 20th anniversary of Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show
A tumbling fall leaf design making use of the autumn leaves that are already falling to the ground.
Delicate glass bubbles filled with the midnight blue African violet flowers, purple ornamental capsicum and spilling down the design are a few stems of rosary vine
To commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the 20th Anniversary of Friends of Government House Gardens Society a Horticultural event was hosted in the gardens and...
My second design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting