Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Spiked Autumn leaf cauldron
Cut and straighten a few lengths of sturdy wire. See the Tutorial below for a really easy way to straighten wire.
Twist the first two wires to connect them in the middle
Add another wire and twist...
Continue to add wire spikes.
Twist each wire around the previous one to create a secure structure
Cut an extra long section of wire. Let one end of the wire extend with the other spikes to create an uneven number of spikes and twist it around the wire connection to secure. Start to weave this wire through the inside of the connection.
For more information about weaving see the Tutorial below
Spiral the wire out as you go along.
This creates a secure base for the armature
Cut the wire short and twist to secure.
Space out the spikes to point out of the spiral.
Bend the first wire up and over the spiral wire
Wrap the wire around the spiral wire to secure
Continue around the spiral and secure all the spike wires
You can start to shape the armature when all the spike wires are secure.
Curve each wire to make a round-bellied cauldron
Cut the spike wires shorter
For the legs:
Cut and bend three short wires into a U bend for feet
Twist the wire for strength
Split the wire open.
Twist the wires to the bottom of the wire armature.
Add the other two legs
Adding the leaves
Fold up a leaf
Spike the leaf onto the wire
Spike on another leaf
Move around the structure and add leaves
Add more leaves
And more leaves...
... And even more leaves.
Fill up most of the wire with folded leaves.
Wrap a thin fishing line around the spiked leaves and pull tight
Secure the line with a double knot
Press the leaves down to compact
Move all the way around the spiked wires
Cut the wires short.
Glue a leaf over the wire end to secure
Spiked Autumn leaf cauldron ready to design with
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