Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Sticking a stick curve to create a hollowed out crescent armature
Cut a large cardboard circle.
Measure the circle to fit the shallow container
Draw the crescent shape on the cardboard
Cut out the shape and measure it against the shallow container. It should be well within the limits of the container.
Temporarily keeping the cardboard upright:
Cut out three pieces of cardboard
The cardboard should fit snugly in the container
Cut into the cardboard.
Slip the crescent shape into the slit
This creates a very stable but easy to remove base
Measure the sticks against the cardboard and cut and glue.
Simply follow the cardboard outline.
Build up the sticks around the cardboard. Do not glue the sticks to the cardboard feet so that it is easy to remove
Turn the armature around and glue twigs to the other side
Continue to measure, cut and glue in sticks
Once you have enough sticks glued around the armature so that it can support itself you can remove the cardboard feet
Continue to add sticks making sure it is balanced and stable before adding bulk
Fill in any gaps with sticks
Turn the armature and makes sure the cardboard is completely concealed
Cut tiny bits sticks to cover the cardboard edge
Glue the tiny bits of stick into place
Look carefully and fill in any gaps.
Press a small test tube between the sticks to keep the strawberry runner hydrated
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions to make your own drinking straw test tubes and an easy way to blow away the hot glue strands.
A bundle of twigs armature to create a pretend Spring design for a snowy morning.