Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Free standing Willow twig armature with a hidden water source
Cut the willow twig below the place where it forks.
Make sure the twig legs are even
Cut a second leg
Split the other end of the twig with a sharp knife
Press the knife to let the split run
For my design I added a hidden "test tube" in the twig. See the Tutorial below for more details on how I make my own test tubes from drinking straws
Mark the position for the hidden water source on a third, longer twig with a marker
Measure a drill bit against the drinking straw tube. It should be almost the exact same size so that the tube fits snugly in the twig
First drill a thinner guide hole at the exact angle you require through the twig
Drill a thicker hole through the twig at the exact angle you want the tube
Press the tube into the hole
Until it disappears in the bark
Press this twig down the split end of the leg twigs to be pinched in position
Position the other leg twig so that the armature stands upright
The twig structure is ready to design with
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