My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Spiral wire support pressed into a candle

Loop bend the wire at one end

Loop bend wire sections at one end with pliers

Pour boiling water into a cup

Pour boiling water into a cup

Let the wire sit in the boiling water for a few minutes to heat

I use boiling water to heat the wires to press into the wax. I dont use a flame or direct heat because I find it makes the wire black that in turn makes the wax black with soot. Let the wire sit in the boiling water for a few minutes to heat

Press the wire into the candle wax with pliers

Press the wire into the wax with pliers

Turn the candle, now add the second wire a little higher into the candle

Turn the candle, now add the second wire a little higher. Make sure it is stable.

Continue adding wires to create a spiral up the candle

Continue adding wires in a spiral up the candle

Curl the wire into a spiral by wrapping it tightly around a paper tube

Curl a few strands of wire into spirals by wrapping it around a sturdy paper tube (or wooden stick). Slip off and pull out the spiral.

Feed the wire spiral into the candle wires

Feed the wire spiral into the candle support wires

Add a second wire spiral to create a network for the flowers to rest in

Add a second wire spiral to create a network for the flowers to rest in

Decorate the trees with crystals, beads and a few strands of fishing line

Decorate the wire spiral trees with crystals, beads and a few strands of fishing line and tinsel

Add the tiny test tubes into the wire spiral network and fill with water before inserting the flowers

Glue a few tiny test tubes into the wire structure. You are now ready to start adding the flowers into 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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