My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Designing with refraction

Place a container on a display surface.

Place a smaller container inside the first.

Place an even smaller container inside the second container.

Fill the containers with water. To create visual interest vary the water level in the containers.

The water level can be adjusted with a syringe. See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to make your own syringe with tube.

Add the flowering stems. To keep the design minimal I wedged the willow stems to settle inside each container and then slipped the wax flowers between the willow and the glass to keep each stem in place. I used tweezers to place the willow in the narrow containers.

Keep the water clear. For more detailed instructions on how to pick up any bits of plant material floating in the water, see the Tutorial below.

Set the flowers to rest between the willow and the glass around the edge of the container.

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Tutorials

11 April 2018 Pick up any bits of plant material floating in the water

Use a wet brush to lift any tiny bits of plant material floating on and in the water to keep your container clear.

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

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

24 January 2018 Stack two glass vases to keep a leaf upright in water

Slip a leaf into the gap between two glass containers to keep it upright... and add a plastic lining to support the flowers nestled into it.

17 July 2012 Prevent scratches, rust and water stains on display surfaces

This is a great, non permanent way to protect surfaces from damage

22 January 2014 That good old double vase trick

Create a dry layer by placing a smaller vase inside the larger vase

13 April 2012 A secret trick to conditioning new growth

Conditioning new growth and sprouts are difficult because the little sprouts have not had time to fully develop its cellular structure to survive being cut and taking up water on...

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...

30 August 2011 Suspending and positioning a Phalaenopsis orchid under water

Flowers naturally float and you will need some kind of sinker to keep them suspended under water.

Favourite Flowers

Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

Curly Willow, Chinese Willow, Tortured Willow, Globe Willow, Dragon's Claw, Hankow Willow

Related Designs

11 April 2018 Follow the line

Stack a few glass containers and fill each with water to a different level.

24 January 2018 How to make a stack of just enough:

Stack two vases to create a small gap at the side to keep a leaf upright

22 January 2014 How do you do?

Snow and twigs winter design

30 August 2011 Ichi-go, ichi-e

Freely translated it means Each Moment, Only Once. It is a saying associated with Japanese tea ceremonies.

23 March 2013 Today I'll be

Silhouette design using glasses filled with water

17 April 2013 Hide-and-go-peek

Create a soft light by making a leaf cocoon for a flameless candle

4 November 2015 Delicate

Bleached Gypsophila wreath with delicate autumn touches