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HOW TO CREATE A SIMPLE MODERN DESIGN

By Margaret Whyte, Secretary, Invercargill Floral Art Club, Southland.

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REQUIREMENTS:

  • BASE: Wood -sawn round, driftwood or other, (approx. 260mm x 170mm and 50mm deep)
  • Example of a simple modern floral design.ORCHID PHIALS: 2x 75mm long, 1 x 55mm long
  • ALUMINIUM RODS: Two x 1 metre long x 5mm diameter
  • DRILL: 5.5mm bit
  • HOT GLUE GUN: Glue sticks

PLANT MATERIAL:

(suggestions only)

  • Eucalpyptus bark – 2 large pieces
  • Rosa x 3
  • 2 stems periwinkle (Vinca major)
  • tree moss
 
 

CONSTRUCTION:

N.B. Wood base must be stable and sufficiently deep to balance upper placements.

  1. Drill two holes to one side of base - approx 5mm apart. These should not pierce the base, but need to be sufficiently deep to hold the rods firmly.
  2. Insert the rods, and shape by bending them into desired position.
  3. Pierce bark with sharp, pointed knife, then fit on to rods.
  4. Glue phials on to each piece of bark (just below the position where the rod pierces the bark).
  5. Using glue, cover the phials and centre of bark with moss.
  6. Drill hole in base where lower placement will create good rhythm and colour balance, and insert smallest phial. Surround with small amount of moss. (If large drill bit is not available, place phial on base and cover with moss).

To complete this simple design, place the roses in phials, and thread the Vinca stems through the holes in the bark, placing the ends in the water phials, with the roses.

 
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