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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Lightly sprinkled foliage frog

I wanted my design to be as light as air. For this I ripped a few fibrous leaves to create the thinnest strands. For a detailed Tutorial on ripping foliage (flax) see below

Slip a few strands of ripped foliage in a vase filled with a bit of water.jpg

Slip a few strands of ripped foliage in a vase filled with a bit of water. No need to be precise, just let the ripped strands fall where it may

Add a crystal ball

For visual interest I added a crystal ball...

Set the crystal ball to the side

Set the crystal ball slightly to the side

Continue to add strands of ripped foliage

Continue to add strands of ripped foliage

Cross a few strands and secure with floral glue.

Drop in two orchids to lightly rest on the ripped foliage. Cross a few strands over the design and secure with floral glue.

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14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

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Rip foliage to sprinkle as a light as air flower frog

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Stack two vases to create a small gap at the side to keep a leaf upright

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Knot a net to rest short stem orchids on.

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