My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Magnetic grass bubbles to reposition under water

Carefully manipulate a blade of grass to curve.

Carefully manipulate a blade of grass to curve.

See the detailed Tutorial below for more details on curving and manipulating plant material

Curve the blade of grass into a ring and secure with decorative wire

Curve the blade of grass into a ring and secure both ends with with decorative wire

I simply twisted the wire and cut the end pieces smaller

I simply twisted the wire and cut the end pieces smaller

The bubbles are made up of several grass rings

The bubbles are made up of several grass rings...

... and each bubble gets a single ring with a hidden magnet.

Glue a small but heavy magnet to a blade of grass

Glue a small but heavy magnet to a blade of grass. add a drop of glue to the exposed surface of the magnet

Carefully smooth another blade of grass over the magnet

Carefully smooth another blade of grass over the magnet

Curve the two blades of grass and secure with wire into a ring

Curve the two blades of grass and secure with wire into a ring

To assemble the magnetic grass bubble:

Slip a grass ring over a magnetic grass ring and secure with wire

Slip a grass ring over a magnetic grass ring and secure with wire

Slip the next grass ring to fit over these rings

Slip the next grass ring to fit over these rings

Keep adding rings to shape the bubble

Keep adding rings to shape the bubble

Make all the grass bubbles to make sure you can carefully position it in the glass container

Make all the grass bubbles to make sure you can carefully position it in the glass container

To position the grass bubbles:
When placing something under water it is important to notice how the water distorts the lines of the design. Even if you carefully plan and place the objects before filling the container you will still find that it is convenient to be able to move the objects individually without actually disturbing the object next to it.

Start by placing the grass bubbles approximately where you want it

Start by placing the grass bubbles approximately where you want it

Secure with a partner magnet on the outside of the container

Secure with a partner magnet on the outside of the container

Slowly build up the design by placing the magnetic bubbles

Slowly build up the design by placing the magnetic bubbles

Add the floral ingrediants and adjust the magnetic bubbles again

Add the floral ingrediants and adjust the magnetic bubbles again

Slowly fill the container with water

Slowly fill the container with water and adjust any magnets by simply moving the outside partner magnet into the correct position.

Design notes:

Cover the partner magnet with floral tape to make it less visible on the outside of the vase

Cover the partner magnet with floral tape to make it less visible on the outside of the vase

Use the tiny magnets as sinkers to make some of the bubble sink to the bottom

The magnets are heavy for it's size. Use the tiny magnets as sinkers to make some of the bubble sink to the bottom

Make a few of the grass bubbles to simply float in the water

Make a few of the grass bubbles to simply float in the water

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Tutorials

19 February 2013 Manipulating stems: Snapping at an angle, Bending, Spiraling, Curling and Straightening

Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...

20 November 2013 Wired Foliage Circles

Manipulate leaves into a wired circle

Related Designs

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