Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
The Floral Hourglass Wax Foundation
Paper as building material- base for my twig hourglass
For me, heavy cardboard is the ideal building material. It is easier to cut than wood and faster to glue than any other medium. When I am in need of a quick structure I often up-cycle cardboard into whatever I need. It is not a permanent solution and would never be as durable as wood, but with a big enough box, a hot glue gun, some wood glue and paint you can make an instant prop for almost any occasion.
Paint the cardboard in a water based paint the exact colour of the wax and Patina copper.
Cover the shape by pouring hot wax over it. My foundation was 800mm in diameter but if it was smaller you can dip the shape into the wax.
Glue the Patina details onto the foundation.
Detail of my Chrysanthemum Hourglass design
I save all the thin tissue paper or un-printed newsprint papers that are wrapped around the flowers that are delivered to me to make batches of Papier Mache with. These sheets...
For Floral Art the temperature of the wax rarely exceeds the minimum melting point.
I loved how peaceful this smooth wax looked when combined with the tulip and tendrils. Like a lily floating on a pond.
The colour and the effect will vary due to application, temperature and humidity.
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
Artificial snow can be very "chemical" and flowers deteriorate quickly when exposed to it. It also dissolves in water. I use candle wax as "snow"
Dipping red grapes in pale wax creates a cloudy layer that is not only anti-bacterial (prevents fruit from spoiling and releasing the ethylene gas) but also gives depth and...