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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

The Three legged trick for Upright Constructions

When in doubt, always give your armature three legs. Two legs are simply not enough and four legs will wobble if it is even slightly off balance. But three legs are a lot more forgiving. Even on an uneven surface, three legs seem to find its own way to stand upright.

Drill holes in the driftwood to connect the three legs.

Drill holes in the driftwood to connect the three legs with short dowel sticks.

Create a triangular shape by separating the driftwood with dowel sticks

Create a triangular shape by separating the driftwood with dowel sticks of almost equal length. Glue the dowel sticks into the holes with an epoxy glue

Continue to add connection pieces.

Continue to add connection pieces to create a really stable armature without bulk.

When the armature is stable drill holes pointing to the sides

When the armature is stable drill holes pointing to the sides

This is for the reeds and wires that will support the Kyogi paper and plant material.

This is for the reeds and wires that will support the Kyogi paper and plant material. Press the Mikado reeds and brown wire into the holes

The brown wire will easily carry the heavier test tubes and plant material.

The brown wire will easily carry the heavier test tubes and plant material.

The Mikado reeds add support and carry the Kyogi paper strips

The Mikado reeds add support and carry the Kyogi paper strips.

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Related Designs

7 September 2012 Just Right! Floral Art demonstration: Own It!

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

13 August 2014 A leg to stand on

Create a upright design by supporting the flowering stems

25 February 2015 Just So

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10 June 2015 Gotcha!

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27 July 2016 Too Hot!

Leaning floral stems to stand on their own in a shallow container

9 November 2016 All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Loosen Up

This was the first design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration

9 November 2016 All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate) floral art demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society

A design demonstration looking at preparing for competition designs: thinking bigger

23 November 2016 All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Another perspective

This was the third design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration

22 March 2017 Biomimicry

A design demonstration and workshop at the Floral Trends Design group in South Africa exploring how we emulate nature’s best biological ideas to solve our modern day design...

22 March 2017 Biomimicry Demonstration and Workshop at the Floral Trends Design Group, South African Flower Union

Looking at how we emulate nature’s best biological ideas to solve our modern day design problems.

22 March 2017 Biomimicry Demonstration and Workshop video

Looking back at the preparations and my Biomimicry design demonstration and workshop at the Floral Trends Design Group in South Africa

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