Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Bits of snipped grass glued to create a net
Cut grass into snippets
Place your container bottom side up on your working surface
Place the snippets to overlap slightly and glue with floral glue
Try to glue the bulk of the snippets to connect in at least three places with another grass snippet
Take care to glue the grass to grass and not to the container
Add a few sparkling crystals
See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to add crystals to fragile armatures
Carefully lift the grass from the container. Set it aside at a place where it will not get damaged
Carefully split the bamboo lengthwise. It is easier to split the bamboo in the inter-node rather than on the node.
Slip the bamboo over the edge of the glass container
Tilt the bamboo stems to the side to create a gap for the flower stem. Slip in the stem to catch between the bamboo and the container. It should fit in snugly enough to stay in place but not pinched so that it forms a tourniquet and the flowering stem will not be able to take up water
Tilt the bamboo to the side
Place the grass snippet net to rest on the bamboo
Add a few more grass snippets to extend past the flowers to create a sheltering effect
Drape blades of fluffy grass over the net to soften the lines
Design note: Gluing the blades of grass is very fine work. Bits of glue that shows can be carefully rolled away. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
The finish of every design should be flawless. Make sure there are no bits of glue visible in your design by carefully removing all traces of spills.
Slip a twig over the side of a container to keep an elegant flower stem upright
Split a twig to create a t connection to hover a twig over the design
Cut a few willow twigs to split to create legs for the armature
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