Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
The Mikado Reed hourglass is visually very strong and tricky- if not impossible to compete with. I decided to deliberately not compete with it. But I still needed my Chrysanthemums to be the central point of the design so rather than fighting for dominance I decided to use colour to distinguish it.
I used only two colours:
copper and blue green.
Blue Green:I aged copper strips and coins to show effects of time giving them the characteristic blue green “rust” (Patina). I then made the wax foundation to exactly match this blue green. I also painted the hourglass that blue green colour.
Copper:The aged strips of copper point up into the design to lead your eyes to the copper coloured florets that represent sand tumbling down the hourglass.
Weave a long length beaded flax string. Weave a grid at the top of the reed hourglass armature. Tie flowers (in drinking straw tubes) to the string to create a garland. Cut the garland into long sections. Suspend the garland from the grid to tumble into the bottom wax foundation.
The entire design rest, both structurally and visually, on the wax foundation.
Flax string and chrysanthemum
For Floral Art the temperature of the wax rarely exceeds the minimum melting point.
Although the wax is strong it is also soft and can easily be damaged. I make carriers for my wax shapes so that it doesn't damage in transit.
The colour and the effect will vary due to application, temperature and humidity.
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
A mould is a hollow container or profile used to give shape to molten or hot liquid material as it cools and hardens.