Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Pinch the cane end tightly with pliers
Slowly bend the cane to curve around the pliers
Wrap the cane around the pliers
Wrap as tightly as possible
While holding the spiral tightly
If you want to stain the cane do so before curving it around the pliers
Simply stain the cane. For my design I wanted green, so I stained with spinach leaves.
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to use natural dye
Pinch the cane with the pliers
And wrap it tightly
Cane coils ready to design with
Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...
Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant
Equisetum is hollow and jointed resembling miniature bamboo but it can be shaped into spirals by wiring the shoots
Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.
Using fruit, berries, flowers, leaves and grasses to naturally stain design details for floral art relies on the same techniques as using paint or any other dye.
This was the third design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration
A design demonstration looking at preparing for competition designs: thinking bigger
This was the first design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration