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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Spiked Autumn leaf cauldron

Cut and straightened the wire

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

Twist the first two wires to connect them in the middle

Add another wire and twist

Add another wire and twist...

Continue to add wire spikes

Continue to add wire spikes.

Twist each wire around the previous one to create a secure structure

Twist each wire around the previous one to create a secure structure

Weave a spiral in the centre

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.

Spiral the wire out as you go along.

This creates a secure base for the armature

This creates a secure base for the armature

Cut the wire short and twist to secure

Cut the wire short and twist to secure.

Space out the spikes

Space out the spikes to point out of the spiral.

Bend the first wire up and over the spiral wire

Bend the first wire up and over the spiral wire

Wrap the wire around the spiral wire to secure

Wrap the wire around the spiral wire to secure

Continue around the spiral and secure all the spike wires

Continue around the spiral and secure all the spike wires

When all the spike wires are secure you can start to shape the armature

You can start to shape the armature when all the spike wires are secure.

Curve each wire to make a round cauldron

Curve each wire to make a round-bellied cauldron

Cut the spike wires shorter

Cut the spike wires shorter

For the legs:

Cut and bend three short wires for feet

Cut and bend three short wires into a U bend for feet

Twist the wire for strength

Twist the wire for strength

Split the wire open.

Split the wire open.

Twist the wires to the bottom of the wire armature.

Twist the wires to the bottom of the wire armature.

Add the other two legs

Add the other two legs

Adding the leaves

Fold up the leaf

Fold up a leaf

Spike the leaf onto the wire

Spike the leaf onto the wire

Spike on another leaf

Spike on another leaf

Move around the structure and add leaves

Move around the structure and add leaves

Add more leaves

Add more leaves

And more leaves

And more leaves...

And even more leaves.

... And even more leaves.

Fill up most of the wire with folded leaves.

Fill up most of the wire with folded leaves.

Wrap a thin fishing line around the spiked leaves and pull tight

Wrap a thin fishing line around the spiked leaves and pull tight

Secure the line with a double knot

Secure the line with a double knot

Press the leaves down to compact

Press the leaves down to compact

Move all the way around the spiked wires

Move all the way around the spiked wires

Cut the wires short.

Cut the wires short.

Glue a leaf over the wire end to secure

Glue a leaf over the wire end to secure

Spiked Autumn leaf cauldron ready to design with

Spiked Autumn leaf cauldron ready to design with

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