Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Spiral wire support pressed into a candle
Loop bend wire sections at one end with pliers
Pour boiling water into a cup
I use boiling water to heat the wires to press into the wax. I dont use a flame or direct heat because I find it makes the wire black that in turn makes the wax black with soot. Let the wire sit in the boiling water for a few minutes to heat
Press the wire into the wax with pliers
Turn the candle, now add the second wire a little higher. Make sure it is stable.
Continue adding wires in a spiral up the candle
Curl a few strands of wire into spirals by wrapping it around a sturdy paper tube (or wooden stick). Slip off and pull out the spiral.
Feed the wire spiral into the candle support wires
Add a second wire spiral to create a network for the flowers to rest in
Decorate the wire spiral trees with crystals, beads and a few strands of fishing line and tinsel
Glue a few tiny test tubes into the wire structure. You are now ready to start adding the flowers into the design
Wire spirals twisted around candles to make small Christmas trees for the Christmas Eve dinner table
Glue the most delicate twig table top Christmas tree
Stack two vases to create a small gap at the side to keep a leaf upright
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