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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Twig float for a single lemon blossom

Cut one end of a fork in a twig short.

Cut one end of a fork in a twig short...

Wedge the fork of the twig over the side of the container

Wedge the fork of the twig over the side of the container.

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Add water to the container

Add water to the container...

Pretty lemon blossom

Cut one perfect lemon blossom...

And settle it to rest on the twig above the water

And settle it to rest on the twig above the water.

Remove any bits of bark from the water with a brush

Here's a super easy tip for you: remove any bits of bark from the water with a brush. The bristles pick up even the tiniest debris in no time making sure the water remain clear and nothing distracts from the pretty blossom.

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to remove debris with a brush.

Adjust the water level with a syringe

Adjust the water level with a syringe.

Book readers: I have updated the Tutorial for how to make the syringe with a tube for you in my book. Turn to page: 184 where I discuss how a pipette makes designing with water easier.

Add a few dew drop crystals

Add a few dew drop crystals... see the Tutorial below for more details on how... and why I use a pin to position the crystal.

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22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

11 April 2018 Pick up any bits of plant material floating in the water

Use a wet brush to lift any tiny bits of plant material floating on and in the water to keep your container clear.

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

3 January 2018 Using a fork in a twig to “peg” a stem in place

A easy to use Hana Kubari technique

4 April 2018 Tap in a Twig Support

Wedge snipped twigs into a glass vase to act as a support for your flowers

11 February 2015 Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

14 November 2018 Create a break in a willow twig to support a flower stem

Break a willow twig at and angle to support your flowers

28 January 2015 Well Rooted Sprouting Willow Weave

Weave a sprouting armature

28 February 2018 Marching winter frosted twig and freesia stack

Frost a few twigs to craft a delicate armature for fragrant freesias

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17 April 2013 Hide-and-go-peek

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4 April 2018 Grow on it

Wedge twigs into a vase to create a grid.

14 November 2018 For just this moment… let’s take a break

Simplicity to showcase the perfection of the Lisianthus buds

28 January 2015 In a State of Flow

weave some willow to use as an armature

3 January 2018 Happy Coincidence!

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28 February 2018 March Days

Line up a few frosted twigs to march across a shallow container

20 April 2016 That Will Be

Freestanding willow twig armature design