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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Cherry stem Masquerade Masque

Draw a guide pattern for the masque.

Draw a guide pattern for the masque on cartridge paper.

Guide pattern for the Masquerade Masque.

Guide pattern for the Masquerade Masque.

Tape a sheet of acetate over the guide pattern.

Acetate is the clear plastic mostly used for packaging design. It is thicker than cellophane and holds its shape much better.

Glue the twigs on to the shape following the pattern.

Glue the twigs onto the shape following the pattern. Make sure you glue the twigs and not the acetate. Each twig should be very secure.

Manipulate the twigs into shapes.

Gently manipulate the stems into shapes. I used curves, circles, loops, spirals and straight stems. See below for the Tutorial on how to manipulate stems

No need to be exact the pattern is just a guide.

No need to be exact, the pattern is just a guide. Allow the shapes to develop as you go along.

Gently curve the twigs to follow the pattern.

Gently curve the twigs to follow the pattern outline.

Straighten a few twigs for contrast.

Straighten a few twigs and add it to the design for contrast.

Make sure every twig makes contact with another twig at at least two places.

Make sure every twig makes contact with another twig. Add dabs of glue at weaker spots just to make extra sure. I used floral adhesive, epoxy glue and wood glue.

Set aside to let the glue dry completely.

Set aside to let the glue dry completely.

Gently remove the twigs from the Acetate.

Gently remove the twigs from the Acetate. Slip your hand under the design and wiggle your way around. If you notice any loose twigs add a drop of glue and wait for it to dry.

Cherry twig Masquerade Masque ready to add flowers

Cherry twig Masquerade Masque ready to add flowers

Floral art Cherry twig Masquerade Masque.

I used crystals as tiny dew drops, Ceropegia woodii (or Rosary vine), Oncidium orchids (or Dancing lady orchids)

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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...

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