My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Spiked Wire test tube catchers

The spiral creates a base for the test tube to rest on

Cut the wire

Cut a section of wire for each test tube.

Wires for the test tube spikes.

I needed 32 wires for the test tube spikes.

Measure the width of the test tube.

Measure a dowel stick to make sure it is just slightly bigger than the test tubes.

Roll the wire in a tight spiral at one end.

Roll the wire in a tight spiral at one end.

This creates a flat base for the test tubes to rest on.

It is not only decorative but also blunts the sharp end. You can also hook plant material through the spiral to secure.

Fit the wire to the dowel and bend the spiral flat.

Fit the wire to the dowel.

Wrap the wire tightly around the dowel stick.

Wrap the wire tightly around the dowel stick.

Fold the bottom wire flat and in to create a base.

Fold the bottom wire flat and in, to create a base.

Make sure the top spiral points out and the bottom wire covers the opening.

Make sure the top spiral points out and the bottom wire covers the opening.

Creating a comfortable spike for the test tube.

Creating a comfortable spike for the test tube that is not rigidly wired into place and can easily be removed and replaced.

Press the spikes into the wood.

Drill small holes into the driftwood for the wire spikes.

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Tutorials

5 September 2012 Driftwood on Stilts

Give a piece of driftwood legs to stand on

22 April 2011 Test tube on a stick

Include a single floret (such as an orchid) or bundle a few weaker stems (such as lily of the valley) into an arrangement or hand tie by wiring a test tube to a stick.

Related Designs

5 September 2012 Just Right! Floral Art demonstration: Just Right!

My third design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting