Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Cross cut Spring Twig Armature
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to use a Kenzan... or for even more details page through my book. You will find loads of hints and tips.
Cut a slit with a sharp knife into a sturdy blossoming twig.
Twist turn the twig and cut another slit. You should now have a deep X cut into the twig.
This makes it easier to position the twigs when you place it into the Kenzan. See the Tutorial below.
Position two blossoming twigs so that it stands upright in a small container with a Kenzan in.
Connect the twigs with a few diagonal twigs. I used floral glue but you can also wire the twigs if you want to fill the eggshells with chocolate or heavier decorations.
Fill the container with water to keep the blossoming twigs hydrated.
Scatter artificial snow to float on the water and hide the mechanics
See the Tutorial below.
Carefully wedge the eggshells between the twigs. Secure with a tiny drop of glue if needed.
Scatter a few blossom petals into the eggshells and add a few sparkling crystals to finish off the design.
Temporarily adhere a traditional Ikebana Kenzan or pincushion to a shallow container.
How to place various sizes of plant material in a Kenzan
Artificial snow can be very "chemical" and flowers deteriorate quickly when exposed to it. It also dissolves in water. I use candle wax as "snow"
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The design for the cover of my book, the effortless floral craftsman, crafted from Fiddlehead Fern and Red Lipstick Hanging Heliconia.
Fill eggshells with moss to create an upright container... with a surprising balancing trick.
Using a traditional Ikabana Kenzan to place flowers in a shallow container