Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Hanging bamboo from a wired hook
Step 1 is to find or make something to hang your design from. I placed frosted stems in a vase.
Book readers turn to page 150 of my book for a more robust alternative.
All you really need is something with a side branch...
And if you are worried about the weight add something heavy in the bottom to keep the vase from toppling over... I used these metal marbles.
They are pretty enough on their own but I concealed them for my design with a layer of snow to go with the frosted branches. You can also fill the vase with water to make it heavier... anything that adds weight will make the design more stable.
Cut the bamboo and remove any side shoots and leaves.
The nodes creates a catch to hang the bamboo from...
Cut the bamboo just above the node.
Bend wire around the bamboo into a hairpin hook.
Measure the hairpin against the bamboo so that it extends above the node.
Wrap the wire around the bamboo below the node.
Creating a neat and secure hook to hang the bamboo from.
Simply hook the bamboo sections over the branch to hang.
Building up the design as you go along.
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Glue in a water source for the fresh flowers.
I make these water tubes from drinking straws. See the Tutorial below.
Place the flowers in the water tubes so that they remain hydrated.
A small design detail for contemporary floral arrangements.
Thread grass into flexi grass to create a spinner that gently turns in the wind.
Latch a few bamboo pieces together to create a scaffold for the flowers to hang from
Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
Add a bit of shadow and dimension to a flat armature by using the sketch technique of cross hatching.
Armatures are great (budget friendly) spacers for creating large floral designs without using an enormous amount of your resources.
A closer look at my design at the 20th anniversary of Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show
A veil of green wool, Spanish moss and dried hydrangeas hang over white lilies