Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Marching winter frosted twig and freesia stack
Measure a winter twig to calculate how high you want your design.
Place the twigs on a working surface and cut them to roughly the same length.
Cross the twigs so that they hook into each other. The twigs will be glued in place but it just makes it easier if there is a natural "hook" to start the design with.
To make it easier for me to position the twigs I use craft putty to temporarily keep the twigs in place.
Look at the twigs from all the angles and re-position them if required.
Glue in a few cross twigs to connect the legs.
I make sure each leg is connected to another leg at three places so that it is stable enough to carry my flowers
Remove the craft putty.
Protect the container with a plastic lining.
Frost the twigs with a small drop of wood glue...
... and artificial snow on all the connection points.
For a more detailed Tutorial on how to frost twigs see the Tutorial below.
Set the armature aside for the glue to dry.
Lift the armature from the plastic and give it a gentle wiggle to make sure all the twigs are secure. Add more glue if needed.
Fill the container with water.
Add the flowers into the armature.
Make sure all the stem-ends are in water.
Cut a few willow twigs to split to create legs for the armature
The trick to any freestanding design is to get your first three stems standing stable and secure in the water. Once you have that you can build the design around it.
Twirl twigs to create a balanced nest to display the beautiful orchids on
Loosely wrap and weave lily grass to create a planned-messy looking armature
Dutch floral designer Pim van den Akker, from Flower Factor invited me to participate in a FloraHolland initiative promoting the versatility of Freesias entitled ...
My Halloween design... with some scary stuff hidden if you can read between the leaves!
Keep flower stems upright with a folded cellophane plastic support that looks like cracked ice.
A twig and stick design with sweet dumpling pumpkins and rosary vine (Ceropegia woodii). I also made a cherry twig and skeleton leaf Stick Insect