Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Skeleton Leaf Flameless Candle Cocoon
Inflate a large balloon and give it a knot. Rest the balloon on a container so that it stands upright to make it easier to work with.
Thin wood glue with a bit of warm water
See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to make skeleton leaves
Dip a large skeleton leaf (I used Magnolia leaves) into the wood glue to soak
Smooth the leaf on to the balloon
Add another leaf to overlap the first
Once the rounded part of the balloon is covered set it aside to dry. When it feels dry turn the balloon over and add more leaves to extend up pointing towards the tapered top, stems up
Let the balloon dry overnight
Wood glue appears milky-white while wet and invisible when dry
Slowly release the air from the balloon. Do not simply pop the balloon as this will rip the leaves. See the Tutorial below on how to deflate a balloon
Remove the balloon and gently reshape the leaves
Skeleton leaf cocoon ready to design with
Place the flameless candle in the cavity.
and switch on the battery powered flickering light
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