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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Staining Midelino cane Coils

Soak the Midelino flat coils in a dye bath.

Make a dye bath by adding water based paint, food colour or natural dyes to water.

I like to use natural dyes. For this green colour I used spinach. You can also use berries, flowers and roots. Even tea and coffee works well.

For more on staining wood (with colour suggestions) look at my Stain wooden skewers with natural dye Tutorial

Shape the coil while wet.

Shape the coil while wet. I wanted to create a spring shape for my design.

Tie the coil and hang to dry.

Tie the coil and hang to dry.

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24 August 2011 Stain wooden skewers with natural dye

Using fruit, berries, flowers, leaves and grasses to naturally stain design details for floral art relies on the same techniques as using paint or any other dye.

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