Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
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Hana-Kubari is an Ikebana flower mechanic. Only natural materials such as pebbles, sticks and branches can be seen to support the flowers. Traditionally no twine or wire, nails,...
Cut a few willow twigs to split to create legs for the armature
Split a twig to create a t connection to hover a twig over the design
Slip a twig over the side of a container to keep an elegant flower stem upright
Splitting the chopsticks or a wooden branch, such as a willow twig creates a natural (and glue-less!) clamp.
The trick to any freestanding design is to get your first three stems standing stable and secure in the water. Once you have that you can build the design around it.
Glue a fragile sheltering net to soften the look of a summer design
Cut short bamboo lengths to keep your flower material upright in a shallow and narrow container
Latch a few bamboo pieces together to create a scaffold for the flowers to hang from
Create a minimal design by placing a single flower on a platform
Create a minimal design with a few leaves to keep is all upright.
Simplicity to showcase the perfection of the Lisianthus buds
Wire a sparkling tinsel garland to dress up a single, elegant Arum lily.
Create a long lasting winter inspired floral design that looks like it is frozen in time.
Keeping this tulip upright requires less magic and more hot glue skills... but it looks magical never the less.
Split a few bamboo sections to create a happy water source for miniature orchids
Manipulate fresh willow stems to create a sprouting armature for long tulip stems
Place a water tube at an angle in lumber so that the Zantedeschia float just above the base to show off the delicate grass snippets scattered up the stem
A demonstration presented at Canada Blooms, Toronto, Canada I was invited to share the stage with designers from Bermuda, United Kingdom, France, South Africa, Barbados, United...