Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Layered sisal and twig armature
Use wood glue and sisal to make a large sisal mat
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to make an armature from sisal and glue
Fold the sisal in four and press flat
Cut a disk shape in the sisal to create a frame for the focal point
Remove the four disks
Place the sisal armature on a flat working surface
Open it up and start to pin small snippets of twigs at random places through the sisal
See the Tutorial below for an easy way to bite and snap sturdy twigs.
Keep adding twigs crossing them at random places
Add a few twigs here and there on the entire sisal surface
Fold the next layer of sisal over the first
And pin a new layer of twigs
Randomly pin twigs to cross with twigs on the layers below
Fold over the next layer of sisal
... and pin with twigs
Fold over the last layer of sisal.
Fitting it neatly into place
And pin this layer with twigs
Add a few smaller twigs for visual contrast
The twig and sisal armature is ready to design with
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