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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Clips to hang flowers vertically

I designed and printed these clips on a 3D printer as a fast, secure and convenient way to hang water tubes vertically down fishing line. For now they are exclusive gifts tucked into the boxes of the advance copies of my book the effortless floral craftsman as thank you gifts. But I am mailing a few packets out to My Creative Workbook readers... see the design post in the link below.

Groom a chrysanthemum stem. I have a lot of information about grooming plant material in the book... but in a nut shell: do not pick away all the foliage from chrysanthemum stems. The foliage draws up water to help keep the flowers hydrated.

Place the flower stem at an angle in a vase

Place the flower stem at an angle in a vase.

In this design I hanged the flowers from this stem. But you can use the clips to hang flowers from any horizontal stem or hook. Or even an acrylic structure as I did for my design at the Canada Blooms competition: International Invitational Class: Celebrate

Hang line to dangle vertically

Hang line to dangle vertically.

The clips look like a tiny comb

The clips look like a tiny comb... with two raised ends to help "catch" the line when woven.

Weave the line through the teeth

Weave the line through the teeth.

For more detailed instructions on how to weave see the Tutorial below. This is pretty straight forward: just an over and under pattern.

You can also use fishing line for an almost invisible way to hang flowers

You can also use fishing line for an almost invisible way to hang flowers.

Once the line is woven through it catches and you can easily hang a water tube from the clip

Once the line is woven through it catches and you can easily hang a water tube from the clip.

Just see where you want a flower and weave in a clip

Just see where you want a flower and weave in a clip. It can easily be removed and re-positioned.

Wire the tubes and simply create feelers to hook over the clip

Wire the tubes and simply create feelers to hook over the clip.

For more detailed instructions on how to wire a tube and create feelers see the Tutorial below. You can also use hot glue to glue the tubes to the clips.

Twist the wire at the back to secure

Twist the wire at the back to secure.

Design Note:

Make sure you weave the line through all the teeth

Make sure you weave the line through all the teeth.

If you are reusing the clip make sure it is straight

If you are reusing the clip make sure the teeth are straight and the line gets caught between the teeth as you weave it.

Place the water tubes straight on the line

Place the water tubes straight on the line.

Fill the tubes with water

Fill the tubes with water.

And place the flowers

And place the flowers...

Now here is an important hint:

Now here is a hint

When you do any kind of design that is suspended you need to know how to design with gravity.

This is a great way to practice placing flowers and how to "eyeball" what is the center of gravity of your design elements.

Finding the center of gravity

It is a bit like having training wheels on your bicycle. If you are a beginner designer or if you are doing a design that needs to be completed in a limited amount of time, with no room for error: tie the line on both ends, top and bottom. This way you don't have to bother too much with gravity and there is very little chance of the flowers toppling over. My Canada Blooms competition design is a great example of this.

Level up: take your designs skills to the next level by adding something heavy (like a twig or a pebble) to the end of the line. There will still be some movement in the line but it will be fairly steady. You can now experiment with where the center of gravity is located as you place the flowers.

Advance design advice

Level up again: Now, a design like this one, with dangling lines that curl and move will require you to adjust the placement of each flower so that it doesn't topple over. Almost like riding a bicycle... but once you have the know-how, it looks so easy... effortless even (get it? the effortless floral craftsman )

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Tutorials

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

8 June 2011 Foliage Weaving

For this tutorial I focus on a simple weave pattern that does not require you to soften or prepare the leaves to be more durable or flexible. This is the starting point in...

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase

18 January 2012 Butterfly feeler hooks for swinging test tubes

I don't always want to wire my test tubes into the design. I like to create a bit of movement by simply hooking the tubes to gently swing.

22 March 2017 Skewered Foliage Garland

Create a garland that dries well with rolled up leaves

8 August 2012 Stringing wool and Spanish moss

Create veil of wool and Spanish moss

23 October 2013 Hanging leaves from a Hazel twig top bar

Create a free moving autumn leaf screen

Related Designs

17 October 2018 But wait… there's more!

Tucked into the box with every advance copy of the book, the effortless floral craftsman is a packet of clips. This design and Tutorial is a bit of inspiration... what will you...

3 July 2019 Taking a Breather

A relaxing summer design that spins gently in the wind

23 March 2016 Celebrate!

A closer look at my design at the 20th anniversary of Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show

31 May 2017 Let's hang out

Skewer some Eucalyptus to suspend between the orchids

8 August 2012 Stringing in the rain

A veil of green wool, Spanish moss and dried hydrangeas hang over white lilies

23 October 2013 Their work well done

String Autumn leaves to fall down in a design

13 October 2011 Direct Contrasts

I have always been fascinated, as a designer, by the idea that there is a point when extremes or direct contrasts flip into its opposite.

23 September 2015 Pretty Spicy!

Hang fruity wire garlands to display Gerbera daisies