My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Frosted Glass Chip Edge for a glass container

Measure out the edge of your display container

Measure out the edge of your display container. Mine fits perfectly in a pie dish. If you don't have something that the container can fit into to use as a mould simply draw the outline of the container on a piece of paper and shape the glass chips around that.

Line the circle with plastic wrap

Line the circle with plastic wrap.

Place a chunk of the frosted glass chips in the container

Place a chunk of the frosted glass chips in the container and use hot glue to glue a smaller chip to that.

Design note: I use hot glue because I want to use the chips again for another project. It is easy to remove the glue by simply soaking the chips in hot water. If you want to permanently secure the chips use super glue.

Build up the glass chips around the edge of the circle

Build up the glass chips around the edge of the circle.

Try to add the glass chips so that it looks "edgy" by not stacking them too neatly. Allow the points to point into all directions. This also gives you a creative edge when you start designing! I explain more in our email this week. Feel free to reply with a comment or question. I would love to hear from you. Please keep in mind that these are not automated replies. I personally reply to each and every email and it takes me a little while to get back to you.

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Create a more solid structure in the middle of the glass edge and taper it off to the tips

Create a more solid structure in the middle of the glass edge and taper it off to the tips with smaller glass chips.

Adding in smaller and smaller chunks and securing it with glue

Adding in smaller and smaller chunks and securing it with glue.

Crafting a frosted glass halfmoon edge

Crafting a frosted glass halfmoon edge for you to design with.

Lift the glass edge out and place it on your display container

Lift the glass edge out and place it on your display container. Wiggle it a bit to make sure it fits securely.

Book readers turn to page 126 You can also complete the circle and use it as a collar or cover for a design.

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Carefully fill the display container with water without getting the glass chips wet

Carefully fill the display container with water without getting the glass chips wet.

Also... if you do not have this kind of vase I have four examples of how I positioned display containers to give you a similar angle in the Tutorials below to use as inspiration.

Strip away the foliage from a few passion fruit vines

Strip away the foliage from a few passion fruit vines...

Let the vines curve around the display container

Let the vines curve around the display container using the glass edge as an anchor point. See our email for more details.

Add in the pure white Phalaenopsis orchid and reposition the passion fruit tendrils to drape over the flowers

Add in the pure white Phalaenopsis orchid and reposition the passion fruit tendrils to drape over the flowers

and also... isn't this pure white Phalaenopsis orchid amazing? It is extremely delicate and fragile... but... wow!

Finish the design with a few dew drop crystals. See the detailed Tutorial below if you want to see how I do this without damaging even the most delicate flowers.

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Tutorials

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

3 February 2021 Weave a Ceropegia Woodii Vine grid to catch your flowers

Suspend flowers over a water filled container by weaving a natural grid.

6 March 2019 Snow puddle armature

Connect twigs with puddles of artificial snow to craft a winter armature for your flowers.

17 May 2023 Light Layer float Wisteria flowers

Craft the softest layer of wisteria flowers that neatly float on water.

9 February 2022 Tilt container with a spilling twigs armature

Perfect design for a warmer than usual winter design that hints at thawing.

14 September 2022 Summer harvest Vine Swirl

A great way have your vines root and enjoy them too...

2 June 2021 Two leaf lining your container to shelter your orchids

Create a shallow puddle in a larger container to keep your flowers in place.

14 April 2021 Fuzzy Willow Caterpillar in a buttercup and jasmine vine swirl

As in… Pussy willow catkins caterpillar… that is super fuzzy.

5 August 2020 Twig float for a single lemon blossom

This design is all about that line there where the water meets the lemon blossom stem...

24 April 2019 Balance a cake stand lid on it’s side to create a leaning design

Suspend a flower for an unusual but minimalist design over a leaning container lid.

4 March 2020 Balancing a fishbowl vase on its side for a floating design

Give new life to an old vase by turning and balancing it on it's side. It's actually easier than it looks... and it looks super impressive!

12 August 2020 Upside down and on it’s side glass display that plays with natural balance

Utilizing those not so obvious characteristics of your design details to make a minimal clear glass summer floral design.

Favourite Flowers

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Passiflora

Granadilla, passionflower, passion vines

Related Designs

31 January 2024 Surround and Sound

Half moon frosted glass chip edge for a winter themed design.

3 February 2021 here’s the catch

Weave an all natural net to place over a vase to keep your flowers above water.

6 March 2019 It almost happened today!

Craft snow puddles to keep your flowers upright

17 May 2023 Purple haze… float

Softest Wisteria colour to cool things down on an unexpectedly warm day.

9 February 2022 Pouring

Place a small fishbowl vase at an angle to look like it is pouring out flowers and twigs.

14 September 2022 Overgrown S-Autum-mer Swirl

Designing for somewhere not still summer not yet autumn weather...

2 June 2021 Like an open book

Position foliage to create a smaller, shallow pond for your floral details to shelter in.

14 April 2021 a Yay! You

A tiny Spring detail to add to a cute little floral design.

5 August 2020 Spare a Moment

A tranquil design that just takes a moment to do... when you need to take a moment to... breathe.

24 April 2019 Put aside

Urgh… my glass cake stand broke leaving me with a still beautiful, but now mismatched and extremely inspirational lid...

4 March 2020 All Aboard!

Ooooh! Am I excited to show you this design. It is an ordinary fishbowl vase... balanced on it's side.

12 August 2020 A lesson in letting be

Deceptively simple. A design that relies on you working with not against what is already there.