Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Scattered grass armature
To create an even lighter effect I ripped the grass before drying. See the detailed Tutorial below for more information on how to rip foliage
Snip a few strands of dried and ripped grass into a bowl
Pour a bit of wood glue over the strands
Thin the glue with a bit of warm water.
Mix it well to make sure the strands are saturated
Shape foil to create a form.
Scatter the glue soaked strands over the foil shape
Continue scattering grass to cover the shape
Make sure the strands connect well to create a sturdy armature
Add a few strands where the connection might be weak.
The secret is to keep it as light as possible but have no gaps that will cause the armature to break up when moved.
Set the armature aside to dry completely
Lift the scattered grass armature from your working surface and start to peel the grass away from the foil. Go slow. This is very delicate work
Lift the foil away
The armature is now ready to use. I wanted mine to have a yellowish tint so I left it in full sun for a few weeks.
Place the grass armature on a display surface. Nestle in a few plastic test tubes for the fresh flowers between the dried strands. The strands should be hard and would easily keep up the water filled test tube.
Fill the tubes with water. Be careful not to spill water on the armature, this will weaken the glue connections
See the Tutorial below on detailed information on how I make my syringe tube to fill test tube in awkward places
Add the fresh flowers and snippets of green grass.
Place a water tube at an angle in lumber so that the Zantedeschia float just above the base to show off the delicate grass snippets scattered up the stem
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