My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Crafting a stripped bark and sisal armature

Strip the bark from willow twigs

Strip the bark from willow twigs.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to strip bark from twigs.

Place the stems on a working surface

Place the stems on a working surface to see how they can fit together. You need two long twigs that curve in a way that they can overlap or one sturdy twig with a fork in it (as I used). And 6 more twigs to create the legs.

Starting with the legs:

Tie two twigs to create a v

Tie two twigs to create an upside down"V".

Slip the end of a sisal rope through the knot to secure

Slip the end of a sisal rope through the knot to secure.

Start the winding pattern

Start the winding pattern. Part of the charm of this crafted armature is the repeated pattern so make sure you wind it in the exact same way all the way through the design.

Wrap the twigs from the outside over and inside under

Wrap the twigs from the outside over and inside under.

Knot the rope to secure

Knot the rope to secure.

Tie a second pair of twigs

Tie a second pair of twigs.

... and wind the sisal string around the twigs.

Knot the rope to secure at the end of the winding pattern

Knot the rope to secure at the end of the winding pattern.

Place a small drop of glue on the knots

Place a small drop of glue on the knots.

Turn the v upside down and glue in a third stem to make it stand upright

Turn the "V" upside down and glue in a third stem to make it stand upright. Keep the twig in place with butterfly clips. For more detailed instructions on how to use butterfly clips see the Tutorial below.

For more detailed instructions on how to craft a three legged armature see the Tutorial below.

For the horizontal part of the armature that supports the water tubes:

Match up two twigs to craft the water tube part of the armature.

Match up two twigs to craft the water tube part of the armature. For my design I found a sturdy twig with a fork in it.

Space out the water tubes and tie it temporarily in place with a knot on both sides

Space out the water tubes and tie it temporarily in place with a knot on both sides.

Start at one side to wind the rope around the two twigs

Start at one side to wind the rope around the two twigs. For my fork-in-the twig, twig I just need to wind. If you are matching two twigs, knot them, as you did with the legs.

Start the winding pattern up to the water tube

Start the winding pattern up to the first water tube.

Add tiny drops of glue between the twig and the sisal to keep it set in place

Add tiny drops of glue between the twig and the sisal to keep it set in place. Wind the rope around the water tube.

Continue the winding pattern to the next water tube

Continue the winding pattern to the next water tube.

Pull the two sides to pinch the water tube in place

Pull the two sides together to pinch the water tube in place.

Wind the sisal around the tube

Wind the sisal around the tube.

Keep adding tiny drops of glue

Keep adding tiny drops of glue. The wood glue dries clear and wont be seen once it is dry.

Add the last tube and continue the winding pattern

Add the last tube and continue the winding pattern.

Knot the sisal

Knot the sisal. Place a small drop of glue on the knot and cut the dangling ends away.

Rest the horizontal water tube twigs on the twig legs

Rest the horizontal water tube twigs on the twig legs.

Press down on the armature to make sure it can carry the flowers

Press down on the armature to make sure it can carry the flowers.

For the water tubes:

Dip sisal in a glue and water mixture

Dip sisal in a glue and water mixture.

And wrap it around the water tubes to conceal

... and wrap it around the water tubes to conceal.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

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