Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Magnetic grass bubbles to reposition under water
Carefully manipulate a blade of grass to curve.
See the detailed Tutorial below for more details on curving and manipulating plant material
Curve the blade of grass into a ring and secure both ends with with decorative wire
I simply twisted the wire and cut the end pieces smaller
The bubbles are made up of several grass rings...
... and each bubble gets a single ring with a hidden magnet.
Glue a small but heavy magnet to a blade of grass. add a drop of glue to the exposed surface of the magnet
Carefully smooth another blade of grass over the magnet
Curve the two blades of grass and secure with wire into a ring
To assemble the magnetic grass bubble:
Slip a grass ring over a magnetic grass ring and secure with wire
Slip the next grass ring to fit over these rings
Keep adding rings to shape the bubble
Make all the grass bubbles to make sure you can carefully position it in the glass container
To position the grass bubbles:
When placing something under water it is important to notice how the water distorts the lines of the design. Even if you carefully plan and place the objects before filling the container you will still find that it is convenient to be able to move the objects individually without actually disturbing the object next to it.
Start by placing the grass bubbles approximately where you want it
Secure with a partner magnet on the outside of the container
Slowly build up the design by placing the magnetic bubbles
Add the floral ingrediants and adjust the magnetic bubbles again
Slowly fill the container with water and adjust any magnets by simply moving the outside partner magnet into the correct position.
Cover the partner magnet with floral tape to make it less visible on the outside of the vase
The magnets are heavy for it's size. Use the tiny magnets as sinkers to make some of the bubble sink to the bottom
Make a few of the grass bubbles to simply float in the water
Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...
Stack two vases to create a small gap at the side to keep a leaf upright
A submerged design... perfect for summertime designing... and enjoying!