Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Coil wire and grass to create a spring frog
Match your wire against a dowel stick for proportion.
Wrap the wire around the dowel stick
Move down the dowel to create a continues coil
Allow the wire to slip off the dowel and continue to wrap
Open up the coil slightly by stretching the spiral
Let the two ends overlap to create a circle
Secure the wire ends with pliers
And start on the next spiral
And the next spiral and the next... and the next. Continue to spiral the wire and combining the coils
For my design I spiralled three coils
Slip a blade of grass through the wire...
... and spiral it around the coil.
Slip in another blade of grass and spiral
Continue to cover the wire by gently curving and coiling the grass around the spiral
To keep my wire in place I made a grid of sellotape over a flat glass container
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to make a grid with sellotape
Place the grass coils on the grid, add a few loosely curled blades of grass and fill the container with water before adding the fresh flowers
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to curl grass
Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.
Tape a grid over a vase to keep the floral details in place
The cage spirals to form a basket that wrap around the plump ripe berries (or you can slip in a flower) to hang as connections between the twigs.
Multiple tiny twigs create a flower frog to keep the delicate buds and leaves in the exact spot you want.
Create a grid to rest some plant material so that it floats and some with their stems to rest in the water below
A simple way to keep the plastic mesh the pumpkins are sold in from becoming trash: wrap it around the container as an armature for a quick Fall design. Replace the flowers as...
Weave a basket with dangling edges for a single orchid display
A clean Easter design. The tiny blossoms are Kalanchoe 'Calandiva Pink'. Tucked low in the paper eggs are a few Cymbidium orchids and the twigs are contorted hazel. The...
The sprouts are sprouting and the bees are being and the birds are birding. Tempting as it is new growth is hard to condition. Hard, but not impossible