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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman


Cut eight twigs with interesting curves in them.

Pick the petals from a chrysanthemum.

Match the twigs into pairs and glue them to the chrysanthemum (sepal and receptacle).

Add a tiny forked twig as fangs.

Set the spider-mum into the design. You can let the chrysanthemum wither up adding more character or (as I did in this design) add a tiny test tube to keep the disk floret hydrated

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how I make tiny test tubes from drinking straws.

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4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

13 August 2014 Sunflower Disk Floret

Gently pull the petals ( Ray floret) from the seeded part of the sunflower

17 July 2013 Chrysanthemum sepals and receptacle

I love using bits of flowers to add interest and texture

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...

1 February 2012 Love Bug

Heart shaped rosery vine and pine love bug

29 September 2011 Twig and skeleton leaf Stick Insect

Made from dried cherry twigs and a skeleton leaf.

Favourite Flowers


Chrysanthemum or "mums"

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