Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Make a Phalaenopsis Orchid from autumn leaves
Score the outlines of the two petals on to a fall leave
Score the outlines of the sepels...
Score the outlines of the stigma and lobe on to a thicker orange leaf. Flip the leaf over to score the dull side.
Cut out the lobe leaf and trace a second lobe, this time use a thinner leaf of similar colour.
Extend the lobe on the thinner leaf before cutting it out
Cut out the score pattern.
Cut out the second lobe.
Wiring the lobe:
Make a small loop and twist the wire
Make another loop to make a bow
Bend one leg of the wire up and twist a loop. Bend the wire down and twist two longer "legs"
Match the wire to the lobe and adjust where needed so that it follows the shape perfectly
Evenly spread floral adhesive on the leaf lobe.
Glue the wire to the leaf
Spread glue on the second lobe.
Sandwich the two leaves
Press the edges to bond.
Bend the column over
Curve and bend the lateral lobes
Curve and bend the labellum.
Assemble the orchid:
Glue two tiny stems to the underside of the petal leaves to slightly lift the petals when glued.
Glue the petals to the sepels
Press the connection point to bond flat and fold the petals slightly up
Glue the lobe in the center
Design note: I loved the way this leaf orchid dried.
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A closer look at my design at the 20th anniversary of Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show