Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Cut a vine wreath into sections to create a cup shaped armature
Place a dried vine wreath on a flat working surface. Cut it into curved sections.
Cross the first two curves at both sides to create the basic shape and secure with bind wire
Bind wire is a paper covered wire. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to make your own bind wire
This creates a cradle shape for your cup
Add another vine curve and secure it at every cross point with wire
... add another vine curve
To blend in with the vine tendrils curl the wire ends
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to create wire tendrils
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...
For my "I found it this way" Floral Art demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging club, I began all four of my designs with basic armatures made of Twig Tangles and we...
Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant
For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...
This was the second design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration
Craft an arch armature to display those early autumn treasures.
A wire and twig permanent display basket with tiny water sources for a few fresh flowers that can be replaced as needed.
A design demonstration looking at preparing for competition designs: thinking bigger
This was the first design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration
Easter Basket used in the Durbanville Flower Club Easter Parade Demonstration
Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an...
I wove vine wreaths to form a pyramid, one just slightly larger than the next. In the natural cavities between the wreaths I placed the roses and lisianthus in plastic covered...
Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions
This was the first two designs for my Floral Art and craft demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging club
Oncidium orchids hiding in a woven grass cup. This Design Tutorial is featured on The Conna Flower and Garden Club (Ireland) website. It is part of their Floral Art Lessons...