My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Spiral rattan and skeleton leaf bee

Soak the rattan in warm water

Soak the rattan in warm water

For the bee-body

See the Tutorial below for a more detailed look and curling spiral cages with wire instead of rattan.

Fold the one end at a sharp angle

Fold the one end at a sharp angle

Roll half of the length of rattan

Roll half of the length of rattan

Secure the curl with a butterfly hair-clip

Secure the curl with a butterfly hair-clip

See Tutorial below for more details on how to use the butterfly hair clips

Start to roll the other end of the rattan

Start to roll the other end of the rattan

Continue to roll the rattan until the one end slips over the other

Continue to roll the rattan until the one end slips over the other.

Secure the rattan spirals with butterfly hair clips

Secure the rattan spirals with butterfly hair clips. Set aside to dry completely. This will set the spiral curls in the rattan.

For the head

Knot a length of rattan

Knot a length of rattan

Thread one dangling leg of the rattan knot back through

Thread one dangling leg of the rattan knot back through the knot to create feelers

Cut the feelers shorter and set aside to dry

Curl the feelers and set aside to dry

Cut the feelers short

Cut the feelers short

For the wings

Make and bleach a few skeleton leaves

Make and bleach a few skeleton leaves (see Tutorial below)

Assembling the bee

Loosen the clips

Loosen the clips...

Gently pull the curl to spiral out

Cut the dangling rattan ends short and gently pull the curl to spiral out

Pull out the other side into a spiral bee body

Pull out the other side into a spiral bee body

Glue on the head and feelers

Glue the head and feelers on to the spiral bee body

Snip and glue on a few rattan legs

Snip and glue on a few rattan legs

Glue in the skeleton leaf wings

Glue in the skeleton leaf wings

Add the tiny rattan bee to the design

Special Design Note: Whenever you add a tiny animal or critter in a design make sure to have a good look at its "body language". It should look absolutely thrilled to be in the design and never desperate to escape.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

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