My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Reed Cradle Armature

Find the middle point of the wires

Find the middle point of the wires

Bend the wire in half

Bend the wire in half

Use this first wire as a template so that the other wires follow the same angle

Use this first wire as a template so that the other wires follow the same angle

Bend all the wires before assembling the armature

Bend all the wires before assembling the armature

Match two of the bended wires and cover with florist tape to secure

Match two of the bended wires and cover with brown florist tape to secure

Glue in bamboo sticks to separate the wire into levels.

Glue in bamboo sticks to separate the wire into levels.

Secure the bamboo sticks with brown florist tape

Secure the bamboo sticks with brown florist tape

This creates the basic structure for the reed armature.

This creates the basic structure for the reed armature.

For my design I used a heavy brick foundation. See my Brick on a Stick Tutorial for detailed instructions

Place the wire armature on the wires attached to the brick.

Place the wire armature on the wires attached to the brick.

Secure with brown florist tape

Secure with brown florist tape

The basic wire armature is now ready to design with

The basic wire armature is now ready to design with

Cut the reeds to the same length

Cut the reeds to the same length

Secure the reed to the armature with wire

Secure the reed to the armature with wire

And secure the other end at the bottom

And secure the other end at the bottom

Keep adding reeds to follow the shape of the wire armature

Keep adding reeds to follow the shape of the wire armature

Only the first few reeds needs to be secured with wire

Only the first few reeds needs to be secured with wire, once the basic shape is covered it is easy to insert the reeds to be kept in plce by the rest of the reeds

Guide the reeds to follow the shape of the wire armature

Guide the reeds to follow the shape of the wire armature

Cut a bundle of shorter reeds

Cut a bundle of shorter reeds and wire sections to add as horizontal design elements

Simply spear the reeds through the armature

Simply spear the reeds through the armature

Add another reed

Add another reed...

and a few wires at random intervals.

... and a few wires at random intervals.

Glue in test tubes for the orchids

Glue in test tubes for the orchids

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I make test tubes from drinking straws

Fill it with water

Fill it with water

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to modify a syringe to create an easy way to fill test tubes in awkward places

Add the orchids

Add the orchids

Spear in a few more reeds to complete the design.

Spear in a few more reeds to complete the design.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

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