Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Twig Dome Armature
Cover a large mixing bowl with plastic wrap.
Cut a few sturdy twigs into snippets... start to glue them to follow the contours of the bowl.
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on an easy way to cut sturdy twigs cleanly.
Make sure you glue twigs to twigs... and not the twigs to the bowl.
To create a really sturdy armature glue each twig to at least three other twigs...
It's worth the effort to concentrate on how you glue these twigs to create a very sturdy armature that wont fall apart as you start designing. Three connections usually does the trick.
Once covered carefully lift the armature from the bowl.
Glue in twigs to make sure the entire armature is free standing...
... And for my design I added some curly twigs around the edge so that the armature is slightly lifted from the surface and not standing flat-footed on the table.
Place the twig dome over a glass container.
Fill the container with water...
Place your flowers into the armature.
And add a few sparkling dew drop crystals to the design.
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how I add sparkling crystals to my designs.
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.
Craft a suspended armature to create a clear winter design.
Glue a few wigs to follow the shape of a glass bowl to create a disk armature
Create a light and transparent collar-base for the large composite flower to nestle into.
Instead of just placing a handful of twigs and two stems of sweet peas in a vase... why not...?
A creative design that has some height to it without blocking the view. This can easily be scaled up or down to match the environment you want to display it in.
Floral styling using mostly dried material that will last the entire Autumn.
Soft minimal Fall armature making it easy to replace the flowers as the season progress.
Using that little something that is unusual about your flower to make the design stand out.
Exploring two soaking techniques for a subtle early autumn design
The dry wheat stems are suspended from the outside of the container so that they remain dry and the flower stems can gently rest inside to remain hydrated.
A glued snipped to create a cooling cone for dangling orchids
A delicate winter twig armature to show off the delicate beauty of these early spring coloured tulips.
Stand tulips upright in a shallow container with a suspended twig armature.
A Merry Christmas Twig Snowflake