My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Beaded wire Leaf

Gather a perfectly shaped autumn leaf

Gather a perfectly shaped autumn leaf.

Draw the outline of the leaf on cardboard or paper to use as a template

Draw the outline of the leaf on cardboard or paper to use as a template.

Bend wire to follow the drawn template starting at the middle vein

Bend wire to follow the drawn template starting at the middle vein.

Bend the wire sharply at the top and curve it to the bottom

Bend the wire sharply at the top and curve it to the bottom.

Twist the copper wire to secure it at the bottom

Twist the copper wire to secure it at the bottom.

Curve the wire back up following the outlines of the template

Curve the wire back up following the outlines of the template.

Twist the wire around the tip of the leaf to secure

Twist the wire around the tip of the leaf to secure.

Work your way down the middle wire to fill in the leaf with veins

Work your way down the middle wire to fill in the leaf with veins

Twist the wire around the sides of the leaf and work your way towards the middle at a slight angle

Twist the wire around the sides of the leaf and work your way towards the middle at a slight angle.

This is the basic skeleton of the leaf

This is the basic skeleton of the leaf, ready for you to fill in and add your own personality.

For my leaf I re-purposed copper wire

For my leaf I re-purposed copper wire that I unrolled from a copper pot scrubber.

I have added the detailed instructions on how to unravel a pot scrubber in the Tutorial section below.

I simply wove the flat copper wire in and out and around the leaf

I simply wove the flat copper wire in and out and around the leaf to fill in the spaces.

I wanted a more solid looking copper leaf to show up next to the vivid Autumn leaves used in the rest of the design.

Frame the leaf by wrapping the edge with a thinner copper wire

Frame the leaf by wrapping the edge with a thinner copper wire.

Wrap wire all the way around the leaf and the stem end to give it extra strength

Wrap wire all the way around the leaf and the stem end to give it extra strength to keep it's shape once you add the beaded wire.

An easy way to make your own beaded wire garland.

Twist a beautiful wire and beaded garland. (I love these! Who knew a copper pot scrubber can be so pretty!)

For instructions on how to make your beaded wire see the Tutorial section below.

Twist the beaded wire to secure it to the frame

Twist the beaded wire to secure it to the frame.

Weave the beaded wire in and around the copper wire leaf

Weave the beaded wire in and around the copper wire leaf

Autumn craft to make a wire leaf from a copper pot scrubber

Pretty beads sits like dew drops on your copper autumn leaf.

Finish the copper leaf by wrapping a few of the wires to create prominent veins

Finish the copper leaf by wrapping a few of the wires to create prominent veins.

Easy way to use wire to make leaves

My copper leaf is ready to design with. The silver leaf is straight out of the pages of my book. You can find it in Tools, Equipment and Design space page 14 ... if you want a sneak peek you can page through that section for free on Amazon

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Tutorials

8 June 2016 Stripping bark from willow sticks

Strip the green bark from the stems to expose the smooth wood

5 May 2011 Unravel wire from a copper pot scrubber

Up-cycle a pot scrubber to get a huge roll of very pretty copper wire

14 January 2011 Beaded wire

Thread thin wire with tiny beads

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

8 June 2016 Popsicle Stick Square Armature

Glue Popsicle sticks to create a double layered, upright armature

29 November 2017 Autumn Screen

Craft a hanging twig and autumn leaf design

2 May 2018 Radiating rainbow vine armature

Design an armature that is light enough to be carried by two flower stems to create a radiating frame.

18 January 2012 Butterfly hairclip claws to hold twigs in place while glue dries

Butterfly hair clips are the perfect little claws to help you hold tiny items in place while you wait for glue to dry

Favourite Flowers

Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

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

Related Designs

25 September 2019 It’s one and a half to two times... but to the side

Soft minimal... this is exactly the kind of design I place in our apartment. Use a few fall treasures picked up on a walk and add a copper leaf to up the effort and love you add...

17 September 2014 Still

My bark bowl design and tutorial featured in the <strong>Centrepiece Wedding Magazine</strong>

8 June 2016 When the wind whisper

Glue a fantasy forest from Popsicle sticks, grape vine tendrils and willow tips

29 November 2017 Marcescent

Glue a delicate autumn room devider

2 May 2018 Over the rainbow

Craft a radiating design that suspends from the orchid stems

26 September 2018 Cover Story

The design for the cover of my book, the effortless floral craftsman, crafted from Fiddlehead Fern and Red Lipstick Hanging Heliconia.