Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Create a tighter fit with pebbles so that you can wedge a twig securely into a vase
It all started with my twig being just too small to wedge into the glass vase tight enough to keep my orchid stem in place...
Give your pebbles just a bit of support by placing the tiniest drop of glue between each before stacking them into the vase.
I use a bamboo skewer as an applicator when I design with floral glue because I prefer to control not only the amount of glue but also the placement. I just find it's easier to control than straight out of the tube. For more information page to page 28 in my book.
Keep the vase on its side and push each pebble in with the next...
Carefully stack the pebbles all the way to the top.
Choose a twig with a flexible fork in it (to go into the vase) and another twig to cross over the first for visual interest.
Attach the two twigs with a tiny drop of floral glue
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Slip the twig into the vase. Make sure the fork in the twig wedges between the pebble stack and the glass vase to keep everything in place.
Carefully set the vase upright...
Design note: in case you are wondering why my pebbles are wet... it's because my first try toppled over at this point. Hence the tiny bit of glue tip. It needs just that little bit of help to remain upright.
Fill the vase with water...
Gently push the twig from the glass and slip the orchid stem between the twig and the glass...
To keep the orchid exactly where you want it.
Design tip: slip the twig between the petals so that the orchid unfurls around the twig.
Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.
Orchids grow in long flower spikes. It is great to use the entire stem but sometimes you need shorter section. There is a trick to cutting the stems without leaving a visible...
Suspend a flower for an unusual but minimalist design over a leaning container lid.
Utilizing those not so obvious characteristics of your design details to make a minimal clear glass summer floral design.
The finish of every design should be flawless. Make sure there are no bits of glue visible in your design by carefully removing all traces of spills.
Such a peaceful design with just enough float and "stay put" elements
Add design elements that serves a purpose for a minimal summer inspired floral design.
A tiny orchid stem ladder keeps the orchid suspended just above the water line
Urgh… my glass cake stand broke leaving me with a still beautiful, but now mismatched and extremely inspirational lid...
Deceptively simple. A design that relies on you working with not against what is already there.
The design for the cover of my book, the effortless floral craftsman, crafted from Fiddlehead Fern and Red Lipstick Hanging Heliconia.
Create a subtle contrast by floating or anchoring some of your design elements.