Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Glue floral details into an artificial wreath frame
In floral art we generally strive to let floral material predominate over all the other elements in our design. Make sure that you add enough twigs and flowers to cover 70% of the design.
Place the artificial wreath on a flat working surface and fluff and bend all the wires to point out
Frost a few twigs with artificial snow. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions
Glue the first twig into the wreath frame. Make sure it is secured to the wire and not the fluffy tinsel bit.
Glue in the next twig. The twig is secured to both the first twig and the wire wreath frame
Continue to add twigs. Just like with any twig armature each twig is glued at a minimum of three places. In this case it is glued to either wire or another twig
Glue in baubles and bells
Lift the wreath up and give it a shake to see that all the twigs are secure. Glue in more twigs or glue any twigs that are not secure
The wreath is now ready to design with. Place the flowers in test tubes and nestle it in the wreath using the wires and the twigs as support
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