My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

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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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

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