My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Disk Twig Armature

Cover a disk shaped bowl with wrap to protect it

Cover a disk shaped bowl with wrap to protect it

Place the first twig on the bowl

Place the first twig on the bowl but do not glue it.

Start gluing twigs to twigs

Start gluing twigs to twigs. Be careful not to let glue spill over to prevent it from sticking to the glass bowl

Try to let each twig connect at three places with another twig

As you build up the disk, try to let each twig connect at three places with another twig o create a stable armature

Keep adding twigs

Keep adding twigs

Follow the curves of the glass container

Follow the curves of the glass container

Add twigs to the side of the container

Add twigs to the side of the container

Again making sure each twig connects at three places

Again making sure almost every twig connects at three places

Add thicker twigs to create the rim

Add thicker twigs to create the rim

Add smaller twigs to strenghen the connection points

Add smaller twigs to strenghen the connection points

Continue to add twigs to cover the entire shape

Continue to add twigs to cover the entire shape

Before removing the twig armature from the container wiggle the twigs

Before removing the twig armature from the container wiggle the twigs to make sure it is secure. Add more twigs to connect any weak connections.

Lift away the armature

Lift away the armature

Glue in a few wild twigs to break the neat bowl shape and make it look more natural

Glue in a few wild twigs to break the neat bowl shape and make it look more natural

Blow away the glue strands. See the detailed Tutorial below

Glue in dried roots

Glue in dried roots

Add some lichen and green orchid stems

Add some lichen and green orchid stems

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Tutorials

24 July 2012 Blow away hot glue strands

When you glue a structure with hot glue there are always a few stray strands of glue stuck all over the design. Blow it away with a hairdryer.

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

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

24 July 2012 Stacked Twig Roundabout

This is a great way to use all those bits of twigs and sticks in your design room to make a floral armature

3 July 2012 Twig mushroom

Stack and wire a twig mushroom armature

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

6 March 2012 Glue a round stacked twig platter

Stack and glue tiny twigs to create a round platter

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