My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Butterfly hairclip claws to hold twigs in place while glue dries

Butterfly hairclip claws

Clip out the inside pins from small butterfly hair clips to create small claws to help you hold tiny objects in place while you wait for glue to dry

Butterfly hairclip claws.

I also claw the objects just the way I need them and then glue.

Butterfly hairclip claws.

Slip twigs or wire in between the claws to be held upright

I use these bright glittered pink claws so that they really stand out and I wont accidentally forget one in the design. I also have a few brown, green and sap green claws for designs where I want to leave the claws as support. These butterfly claws are also great to support creeping plants and orchid flower spikes

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Related Designs

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4 December 2012 'Tis the Season

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18 December 2012 So this is Christmas, I hope you had fun…

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3 September 2014 What's done is done

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5 November 2014 All In One

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26 November 2014 Late Autumn Early Christmas.

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11 February 2015 Love Spell

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25 November 2015 So white

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8 June 2016 When the wind whisper

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26 October 2016 Harvest Moon

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22 November 2017 How do squirrels Cache a tree?

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13 December 2017 Just hear those sleigh bells jingling

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Bend Equisetum into curves to wire into an open wreath shape

14 February 2018 Two Are

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