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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Harnessing the Wind

South African Flower Union Congress 2010 IN-NEW-VATIONS
Harnessing the Wind
My inspiration was a wind spinner.

Free standing Floral Art design: Harnessing the Wind

Free standing Floral Art Design:Harnessing the Wind for the 2010 South African Flower Union Show in Somerset West

I wanted my design to spin with the slightest breeze. The entire design is suspended from a curved steel stand creating two independent connections to allow both the outside wind spinner blades to rotate one way and the inside disks to slowly spin in the other way.

Wax disks for Harnessing the Wind design

The inside of the spinner was made up of tiers of wax platters suspended in willow rings that I wove around wire to resemble a tornado or vortex.

Wax disks with willow

Here is a closer look at the connection that allows both the blades and the willow and wax disks to slowly spin independently with the slightest breeze.

Harnessing the Wind

I placed nine large white Phalaenopsis orchid plants in the wax platters and trailed passion fruit tendrils and very thin curly willow branches down the design to soften it.

Because the design would spin during the show I had to make sure that it can be viewed (and judged!) from all sides.

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Tutorials

13 April 2011 Wind Spinner

My inspiration for my Harnessing the Wind design was a wind spinner.

19 March 2011 Melting Wax for Floral Art

For Floral Art the temperature of the wax rarely exceeds the minimum melting point.

18 March 2011 The Floral Hourglass Wax Foundation

Pour a foundation from cardboard and wax

2 March 2011 Wax Disk

I loved how peaceful this smooth wax looked when combined with the tulip and tendrils. Like a lily floating on a pond.

19 February 2013 Manipulating stems: Snapping at an angle, Bending, Spiraling, Curling and Straightening

Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...

18 March 2011 Patina Copper

The colour and the effect will vary due to application, temperature and humidity.

11 February 2015 Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

Favourite Flowers

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

Curly Willow, Chinese Willow, Tortured Willow, Globe Willow, Dragon's Claw, Hankow Willow

Related Designs

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