Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Cane, Ti leaves and Sisal Disk Armature
Place the stained and coiled cane on a flat working surface
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to stain and spiral cane coils
Cut a thin dowel into snippets
Stain the sticks as you did the cane. I used spinach leaves. (see the Tutorial below)
Start in the inside of the cane and glue in sticks to seperate the coil
Simply glue both sides to touch the coil
Move along the coil and glue in sticks
Creating a wide flat spiral
Cane coil spiral ready to design with
For this design I air dried ti leaves. Cut the leaf in half.
Glue in a ti leaf to follow the spiral
Slightly overlap the leaves to cover the entire spiral
Cover the outside of the cane coil spiral
Set the coil aside for the glue to harden
Break up some blueberries into a mixture of wood glue and warm water to stain the sisal
Dip the sisal in the glue mixture
Let the sisal soak in the glue mixture
Set the sisal in the open spaces on the cane coil
Move from the outside of the coil inwards
To fill in the entire disk shape
Cut snippets of grass
And glue it into the shape. Make sure you follow the direction of the spiral to create a swirl
Disk shaped armature ready for the flowers
Stand the coil shape on a few twigs. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions
I purchase a huge roll of sisal string to use... sometimes as string, but mostly I unravel it for the fibers
Soak sisal fibres in strawberry and black berry juice to stain it purple
When in doubt, always give your armature three legs. Two legs are simply not enough and four legs will wobble if it is even slightly off balance.
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