My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Cane Coils

Pinch the cane end tightly with pliers

Pinch the cane end tightly with pliers

Slowly bend the cane to curve around the pliers

Slowly bend the cane to curve around the pliers

Wrap the cane around the pliers

Wrap the cane around the pliers

Wrap as tightly as possible

Wrap as tightly as possible

While holding the spiral tightly

While holding the spiral tightly

If you want to stain the cane do so before curving it around the pliers

Simply stain the cane

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

Pinch the cane with the pliers

And wrap it tightly

And wrap it tightly

Cane coils ready to design with

Cane coils ready to design with

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Tutorials

19 February 2013 Manipulating stems: Snapping at an angle, Bending, Spiraling, Curling and Straightening

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...

26 July 2011 Wire Tendrils

Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant

22 May 2013 Spiral Curl Midelino Cane Strips

Create large and luxurious spiral curls

23 March 2012 Curl Equisetum shoots into a snail shell spiral

Equisetum is hollow and jointed resembling miniature bamboo but it can be shaped into spirals by wiring the shoots

28 May 2013 Curling Rattan

Curl and twill rattan tendrils

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.

13 April 2012 Staining Midelino cane Coils

White Midelino cane is easy to stain in any colour

24 August 2011 Stain wooden skewers with natural dye

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.

Related Designs

23 November 2016 All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Another perspective

This was the third design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration

9 November 2016 All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate) floral art demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society

A design demonstration looking at preparing for competition designs: thinking bigger

9 November 2016 All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Loosen Up

This was the first design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration

9 September 2015 Fall Treasures

A sisal mat armature for fall twigs flowers and leaves

2 March 2016 Beginning

Glue a Midelino Cane Coil Globe Cup to display beautiful Gloriosa lilies