My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Funnel shaped pick-up-sticks armature

Make two small wire circles

Make two small wire circles...

And two large wire circles

and two large wire circles

Cut some twigs to bind to the wire circles

Cut some twigs to bind to the wire circles

Bind the twig to the circle with bind wire

Bind the twig to the circle with bind wire. Cross the wire over to the back.

And back over on the other side

And back over on the other side to create a cross over pattern

Cross the wire at the back

Cross the wire at the back

Wrap the wire around at both sides of the cross and move both ends of wire to the side

Wrap the wire around at both sides of the cross and move both ends of wire to the side

Add another twig and repeat the pattern

Add another twig and repeat the pattern

Continue binding twigs to the circle

Continue binding twigs to the circle

First cross the one half of the wire over

First cross the one half of the wire over

Then the over side

Then the over side

Fold both wires down

Fold both wires down

Fold the first wire between the twigs and around the circle

Fold the first wire between the twigs and around the circle

Catch the wire circle with the other wire before adding the next twig

Catch the wire circle with the other wire before adding the next twig

Keep adding twigs all the way around

Keep adding twigs all the way around

Secure the last twig and cut the wire short

Secure the last twig and cut the wire short

Tie the twigs to the larger wire circle

Flip the armature around and tie the twigs to the larger wire circle

To make it easier to space out the twigs start by tying four twigs on opposite ends of the circle

To make it easier to space out the twigs start by tying four twigs on opposite ends of the circle

This divides the funnel shape into quarters

This divides the funnel shape into quarters

Bind two twigs in the middle of each of the quarters

Bind two twigs in the middle of each of the quarters

Fill in the gaps by spacing out the remaining twigs and binding it to the circle.

Fill in the gaps by spacing out the remaining twigs and binding it to the circle.

As you move around the wire circle cover any exposed wire with paper wire

Cover any exposed wire with paper wire as you move around the wire circle

Wrap the paper wire a few times more than the first pattern

Wrap the paper covered bind wire a few times more than the first pattern

And tie as before.

And tie as before all the way around.

when done...

Cut more twigs and start on the second funnel shaped armature

Cut more twigs and start on the second funnel shaped armature

The two funnel shapes creates a secure armature

The two funnel shapes creates a secure armature if you let the twigs catch at the one side

Rest the armature on its side

Stack twigs to rest on the armature

To fill the gap and break up the strait lines of the funnel shape, stack twigs to rest loosely on the armature. The "teeth" created by the wired armature will support and keep the stacked twigs.

Carefully stack the twigs

Carefully stack the twigs. The more twigs you stack the more stable the design becomes

Add a few twigs with natural hooks (see Tutorial below) and wire a few hooks onto the green test tubes for the lilies and loosely suspended twigs

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Tutorials

26 April 2011 Natural stem hook to hang plant material from

Side stems of branches can be used as hooks to hang floral material in a design.

1 March 2011 Paper covered Wire

Cover the wire with the raffia

18 January 2012 Butterfly feeler hooks for swinging test tubes

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.

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