My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Scalable twig and Phalaenopsis orchid winterscape panel

Place two twigs on a flat working surface

Place two twigs on a flat working surface. The entire panel is build up in layers. It is important to keep in mind that every twig should connect at some point with three other twigs. Start to glue the side branches.

Add another twig and make sure to glue it to three other twigs.

Add another twig and make sure to glue it to three other twigs.

Keep adding twigs.

Keep adding twigs.

Make sure the connections are really secure.

Make sure the connections are really secure.

Slowly build up the panel.

Slowly build up the panel.

Blow any hot glue strands away with a hairdryer set on a warm setting.

I used hot glue to secure the twigs. Blow any hot glue strands away with a hairdryer set on a warm setting. Take care not to focus the heat so that the connections become weak but rather just melt the strands.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to blow away hot glue strands.

Hold the panel up to check for any weak connections.

Hold the panel up to check for any weak connections.

Glue in moss and sparkling beads

Glue in moss and sparkling beads

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I use a pin to place tiny crystals

Glue in the water source for the fresh flowers.

Glue in the water source for the fresh flowers.

See the Tutorial below on how I make my own tine test tubes using drinking straws

Glue in a sprinkling of artificial snow.

Glue in a sprinkling of artificial snow.

Your panel is now ready to design with

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Tutorials

24 July 2012 Blow away hot glue strands

When you glue a structure with hot glue there are always a few stray strands of glue stuck all over the design. Blow it away with a hairdryer.

7 December 2011 Encouraging Moss and Lichen to grow on a design

This time of year is best for starting a moss garden. It needs to be cool and wet. Lichen and moss becomes dormant when it is too hot and dry.

25 September 2013 Adding beads into a design

I wanted my beads to softly float above my snowball posy. If I glued the beads to some of the flowers it would just disappear in the mass of twigs and flowers.

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

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