Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Bamboo scaffold armature
Cut 4 thick pieces om bamboo
Cut 8 thinner pieces of bamboo.
Cut 16 pieces of very thin bamboo
Lay two bamboo pieces on a working surface and place a thinner piece across the top
Latch the bamboo together with bind wire.
Latch the other side.
Do the same with the remaining two bamboo pieces.
Place the one bamboo section on top of the other
Separate the two sections of bamboo with two thinner pieces and latch
Turn the bamboo armature and place a bamboo piece at one side that is still open and latch
Turn the armature again and latch the last unconnected side
Stand the armature upright. Adjust the legs to make sure it is very secure
The top grid:
Cross 4 sections of bamboo.
Latch the corners
Just latch the bind wire in a figure eight and twist to secure
Don't try to be too precise, all the wire pieces are going to be covered
Grid for the top of the scaffold armature.
Lay the grid over the top
Latch the grid to the armature.
Try to latch all the connection points.
This grid carries the weight of the flowers and should be very secure
Set the armature upright and latch any loose pieces
I wanted a more rustic look for my armature and added a few side pieces. These are not structural but rather decorative. I just glued them in and will latch them with grass later
Cut all the wires short
Rip a few blades of grass or flax (see the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on ripping foliage) to cover all the wires and bind the connection pieces with
Wrap the grass to cover all the wire latchings
Take extra care to latch the decorative side pieces with grass
When you get to the end of the blade of grass knot it in on itself or glue it in place
Bamboo scaffold armature ready to design with
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