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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Grass Spiral Snail

I used a similar technique to that of folding foliage roses to fold my snail

Split a long blade of grass with a pin

Split a long blade of grass with a pin

Split from where the leaf becomes soft up to the tip

Split from where the leaf becomes soft enough to fold up to the tip, leaving the harder stem side intact

Fold the left side of the split blade at an angle and behind the other half

Fold the left side of the split blade at an angle and behind the other half

Fold the right side under the first half

Fold the right side under the first half

This is your basic spiral folding pattern. Continue to fold the grass to create a snail shell spiral

Simply fold the next blade under the first.

Simply fold the next blade under the first, at an angle

And the next one under the one before

... and the next one under the one before

The folded grass will start to spiral in

The folded grass will start to spiral out

Keep folding the grass spiralling around

Keep folding the grass spiralling around

Build up the snail shell by folding spiral after spiral

Build up the snail shell by folding spiral after spiral

Snail shell spiral

The snail shell spiral is now ready to secure

Weave the harder stem part through the spiral to the back

Weave the harder stem part through the spiral to the back and the soft split ends to the front

Knot the split ends

Knot the split ends to create the snail head

Cut the body end shorter.

Cut the body end shorter and secure with glue if necessary.

Add the spiral snail to the design.

Add the spiral snail to the design.

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Tutorials

17 July 2012 Guacamole Green Coiled Grass Chameleon

My Chameleon is mono-botanical. Made from coiled grass

24 September 2014 Folding a Frog

Fold and weave a frog from grass

5 January 2011 Palm leaf Hopper-flies (grasshoppers and butterflies)

Weave grasshoppers or butterflies (or fireflies) from palm leaves

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