Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Tilt container with a spilling twigs armature
Place a fishbowl vase into a container so that it rests at an angle
Adjusting this angle so that you get it just right is so important in this design. I explained a bit more in our weekly email so that you can look closely at what I mean. Make sure you are signed up to recieve the once a week email. The sign-up is below this post.
Add artificial snow and a few dew drop crystals to some winter twigs
This keeps the water clear from dropping artificial snow flakes and makes it easy for you to apply. I have included Tutorials on how to do both below this post.
Glue the straightest of your snow covered twigs from the bottom of the vase to the edge.
Fill in the gaps by gluing in twigs to give you a secure surface to design with.
Be mindful of the size of gaps you leave so that you can rest flowers on the twigs to hold them above the water.
Continue to glue in twigs so that it spills out of the container
Give the twig spill a splashy curve.
Glue in a few small water tubes.
See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I make my own small water tubes.
Fill the fishbowl vase with water taking care not to spill the water.
If you over fill the vase you can use the method below to suck out water and adjust the level. If you want to scale this design and craft something much bigger I sugest you use bottle pipette idea I show you how to make in my book on page 184. It works so well!
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Fill the water tubes with water.
In my book I show you in detail how to make this syringe with tube but to get you started I have added a Tutorial below this post.
Place your flowers inside the vase. I used tweezers to position the delicate stems so that they rest deep in the water to hydrate the flowers.
And place flowers in the water tubes to spill down with the twigs.
Glue in a few twigs to extend over the flowers so the it gives the impression that the twigs and flowers are spilling out.
Finish the design with a few more dew drop crystals.
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
Heat makes the plastic distort creating fantastic shapes
When you glue a structure with hot glue there are always a few stray strands of glue stuck all over the design. Blow it away with a hairdryer.
Bend wires and fill in the gabs with Stillingia twigs to make a delicate heart armature
Carefully glue a twig armature to display the mini-miniature Darling orchids
I wanted my willow armature to hint of a web-like dreamcatcher that grows in the wild rather than being a precise replica of the traditional craft technique. But I did weave it...
Glue twig snippets to closely follow the shape of a glass vase
Create a light and transparent collar-base for the large composite flower to nestle into.
Place a small fishbowl vase at an angle to look like it is pouring out flowers and twigs.
Ever wonder how I decide what I share with you? A fun design ticking all the boxes.
A take your time and mindfully craft a pretty design to celebrate the summer solstice- it is officially summer here in Canada.
Glue a band of snow dusted twigs to create a delicate armature for winter treasures.
A fragile looking heart made from twigs that can hold a lot of orchids
Take inspiration from a traditional Dream-catcher design to create a floral armature
Glue snippets of dried green stems and Green Trick Carnation to make tiny floral wings for Christmas