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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Butterfly feeler hooks for swinging test tubes

I don't always want to wire my test tubes in to the design. I like to create a bit of movement by simply hooking the tubes to gently swing.

Secure the wire by twisting it around the test tube

Wrap the wire very tightly around the tiny tube to secure

Bend both the wire end down.

Bend both ends of the wire down and over your finger to make a round swinging hook

Curl the wire to create feelers

I add an extra feeler curl to the wire ends. This stops the test tube from swinging too wildly and it also creates an extra catch to secure the tubes to the twigs

Butterfly feeler hooks for the swinging test tubes

Each tiny tube can now be hanged on the twig. It is not tightly wired and moves naturally in the slightest breeze

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