Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Folded Bleached Baby’s Breath Wreath Armature
I used a wreath that I made for a previous design as the basis of my armature. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions for bleaching Baby's Breath and how to glue the wreath
Place the wreath on a flat working surface and glue in a few green twigs
Fold the wreath in half
Place a few drops of wood glue in the fold and secure with butterfly hairclips to keep it in place
Peg a few dried stems into the armature to secure the shape. Remove the clips once the glue is dry
Cross the stems to form a grid to both rest the armature on and to place the flower material
Slip a vase under the armature to keep the flower material hydrated. Fill it with water
Place the heavier pumpkins first...
Place the orchids in the water and add twigs and autumn leaves
Add a few more water tubes to add orchids to the armature
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how I make my own drinking straws test tubes and hanging it with butterfly feeler wire
Gypsophila dries really well and can be bleached to a stunning winter white
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
I don't always want to wire my test tubes into the design. I like to create a bit of movement by simply hooking the tubes to gently swing.
A perfect way to use a Lathyrus vine after all it flowered
This was the fourth (and last) design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration
Give a loosely woven wreath legs to stand on to hover lightly around a pumpkin
Celebrate the bright colours of autumn with lilies and Chinese lanterns