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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Spiral Washi Rose armature

For more detailed instructions on how I fold paper flowers see the Tutorial below

 Cut a strip of Washi

Cut a strip of Washi

 Cut out large petals

Cut out large petals

Fold the first petal into a tube and secure with a small bit of wood glue. with your fingers roll the top edge to the back

Fold the first petal into a tube and secure with a small bit of wood glue. with your fingers roll the top edge to the back

 Pour out some wood glue into a container and thin the glue with warm water.  It should be a milky consistency

Pour out some wood glue into a container and thin the glue with warm water. It should be a milky consistency

 Paint the outer edge of all the other petals with thinned wood glue. Set the petal aside to dry

Paint the outer edge of all the other petals with thinned wood glue. Set the petal aside to dry

Curve the top edge of the petal around your finger to curl back.  The dried glue sets the curl.

Curve the top edge of the petal around your finger to curl back. The dried glue sets the curl.

Curve the sides of the petal to curl inward

Curve the sides of the petal to curl inward

 Cut a forked willow twig and slip the tube petal over the stem side

Cut a forked willow twig and slip the tube petal over the stem side

Split a twig with a sharp knife at one end

Split a twig with a sharp knife at one end

 Slip the split end over the forked twig and waski tube.

Slip the split end over the forked twig and waski tube. Set the tube in a shallow container to begin building up the rose

And wrap it loosely around the Washi tube

And wrap it loosely around the Washi tube

 Keep adding petals to create a full rose shape

Keep adding petals to create a full rose shape

 Cut the twig short so that it is no longer visible

Cut the twig short so that it is no longer visible

Make sure the Washi rose stands firmly on its twig legs.

Make sure the Washi rose stands firmly on its twig legs.

 To suspend the rest of the rose you will need to split open a handful of twigs.

To suspend the rest of the rose you will need to split open a handful of twigs. Split just enough so that it pinches the wire in place

Bend a wide spiral from aluminium wire and slip the twigs in place so that the wire...

Bend a wide spiral from aluminium wire and slip the twigs in place so that the wire...

Stands firmly above what will be the water level

… stands firmly above what will be the water level

Glue petals to the spiralling out to cover the wire.

Glue petals to the spiralling out to cover the wire.

 Fill the container with fresh water to just below the paper line and add the floral details

Fill the container with fresh water to just below the paper line and add the floral details

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