Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Acorn inspired Autumn leaf armature
Gather fall leaves stem side pointing into your hand
Add a few more leaves slightly overlapping them with the first
You want the leaves at the stem end to be compact but let the tips flair out so that it can curl as it dries
Secure the leaves with a few drops of glue to make it easier to handle
Keep adding autumn leaves
Until you have a full and compact shape
Almost like a pretty posy of leaves
Turn the leaf posy stem side up
Place the leaves on a flat working surface
And glue on more autumn leaves
Flip the leaves stem side down and place on a wide neck container or vase
Let the leaves gently rest on the vase to dry out.
As the leaves dry it will start to shrivel and sink deeper into the vase
Gently guide the brittle leaves to sink evenly
The tips of the leaves will now curl inward
As the leaves shrink it glides down the container becoming more and more compact.
When the leaves are all completely shriveled up and dry it will be shaped into a tight ball structure resting in the bottom of the container
Tilt the container on its side to gently remove the leaf structure
Acorn inspired leaf structure ready to design with
For a softer autumn leaf pod turn the leaves so that the bright side faces in when making the pod.
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