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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Floating transparent ripples to support delicate floral material

Flowers naturally float in water. They just don’t always naturally float on water. For that they sometimes need a bit of help. This is an ideal way to float really delicate plant material. If you want to float larger flowers see my Bubble wrap Tutorial below for detailed instructions.

Acetate is the clear plastic mostly used for packaging design. It is thicker than cellophane and holds its shape much better.

Score a circular outline with a sharp object on to a transparency.

Score a circular outline with a sharp object on to a transparency. I used a roll of tape as a guide and my tweezers to create the score line

I made my ring about a cm thick.

I made my ring about a centimeter wide

Cut the ring along the score lines

Cut the ring along the score lines

No need to be too precise

No need to be too precise, the moment you place the ring in the water is becomes an almost invisible ripple

Cut rings to loosely cover the surface of your container

Cut rings to loosely cover the surface of your container, keeping in mind that they need to overlap slightly

Place the ring on the water.

Place the ring on the water.

Place the next ring next to the first allowing the rings to overlap.

Place the next ring next to the first allowing the rings to overlap.

Continue adding rings to cover the water surface

Continue adding rings to cover the water surface.

Place the delicate little pineapple flowers to rest on the ripples

Place the delicate little pineapple flowers so that some of its petals rest on the ripples and the stems are in the water

Keeping the delicate flowers floating neatly on top of the water

Keeping the delicate flowers floating neatly on top of the water

The ripples can carry some weight

The ripples can carry some weight and will easily support the heavier rosary vine and wire baubles

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Tutorials

3 January 2012 Bubble raft to float flowers

Flowers naturally float in water. They just don’t always naturally float on water. For that they sometimes need a bit of help.

10 July 2012 Whisper butterflies

Acetate is the clear plastic mostly used for packaging design. It is thicker than cellophane and holds its shape much better.

Favourite Flowers

Eucomis

Pineapple flowers or pineapple lilies, the Afrikaans names for the flowers are Wildepynappel or Krulkoppie and the Zulu name is Umathunga

Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts

Lathyrus

Sweet pea

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