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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Hana-Kubari twig

Cut a twig

Cut a twig to the length you require. Cut away any side branches. This twig has an interesting double side branch, I left that so that the flower stem can rest between the twigs

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to easily cut a thicker twig

Split the twig at the bottom end.

Split the twig at the thicker bottom end with a sharp knife right through the middle of the stem.

Slip the twig over the edge of your container so that it stands upright

Slip the twig over the edge of your container so that it stands upright

Fill the container with water

Let the stem rest against the twig

Let the stem rest against the twig or nestle in a fork in a side branch

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Tutorials

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

20 April 2016 Free standing Willow twig armature with a hidden water source

Cut a few willow twigs to split to create legs for the armature

1 April 2015 Hana-kubari Bamboo

Hana-Kubari is an Ikebana flower mechanic. Only natural materials such as pebbles, sticks and branches can be seen to support the flowers. Traditionally no twine or wire, nails,...

2 September 2015 Hana-Kubari Bamboo Stilts with a Hidden Water Source

Split bamboo stems to create a water source for dancing orchids

19 October 2011 Hana-Kubari chopsticks

Splitting the chopsticks or a wooden branch, such as a willow twig creates a natural (and glue-less!) clamp.

18 January 2017 T-connect twigs to shadow a design

Split a twig to create a t connection to hover a twig over the design

Favourite Flowers

Lathyrus

Sweet pea

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