My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Taco-shaped twig armature

Cut sticks from small to large.

Cut a few sticks, from small to large and set them out according to size

Use a cardboard half-moon as a template.

Draw a circle on cardboard and cut out and then cut in half. This will be the template for the half-moon shape of the armature.

Start to glue the twigs.

Place a long twig to extend the length of the half-moon and glue the first twig to the horizontal twig. Do not glue the twigs to the cardboard.

Add more twigs radiating out.

Add more twigs radiating out.

And glue in more twigs.

And glue in more twigs...

Fill in the spaces.

Continue to fill in the spaces by gluing in more twigs.

Add a few short twigs.

To give the armature strength add a few horizontal and diagonal twigs

Glue a connecting twig between as many as possible radiating twigs.

Glue a connecting twig between as many as possible radiating twigs.

Remove the twigs from the cardboard

The first half of the fan shaped armature is done. Place the half-moon on a flat surface and let the glue set while preparing the second half

Prop the cardboard up to gape open.

Prop the cardboard up to gape open.

Glue the twig to the bottom horizontal twig.

Glue the first twig to the bottom horizontal twig.

Build up the armature.

Again, build up the armature by adding twigs to radiate out

Fill in the gaps.

Fill in the gaps with a few more twigs

Add the last few twigs.jpg

and add the last few twigs

Add the shorter twigs.

Add the shorter twigs to give the armature strength.

Twig armature from the side.

Turn the structure and look at it from the side to see where you want to add a few connecting twigs

Glue in the connecting twigs.

Glue in the connecting twigs.

Connecting twigs.

These tiny twigs not only connect the two pieces but also gives support to the test tubes for the flowers.

Remove the cardboard and check the twigs

Check the twigs to make sure they are all secure

Wire the armature to a stand.

Wire the armature to a stand. I made a Brick on a Stick for this design (see Tutorial below)

Curl the wire over and around the twigs.

Curl the wire over and around the twigs.

Glue in the tiny test tubes.

And glue in the tiny test tubes

Glue a few twigs to the wire.

Starting at the brick stand, work your way up by gluing short twigs in a random pattern to cover the wires

All the way to the top.

Connect the wire stand at the bottom with the taco half-moon shape at the top by gluing tiny twigs

Add a few random twigs to the top half-moon shape.

Add a few random twigs to the top half-moon shape to brake any predictable patterns

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