Leaves, caught in a web

Working with the waxed leaves (see “Falling Leaves”, October) put me in mind of a structure I once used for a flower show.  This consists of a light metal frame on two perpendicular legs (comes apart in 3 pieces) which showcases the waxed leaves.

Originally black, I sprayed the frame copper (Design Master paint, Michael’s Crafts) and created a web of copper wire to insert the leaves.  This wire made by Oasis comes in many colors and is 22 gauge.  Use the color that suits you best.

The wire may be put on in any pattern or random manner.  There does need to be a fairly small grid, at least in some places, so that the leaves or other materials can slip in be held fast.

Kiwi, Actinidia arguta, is a marvelous sinuous vine.  Often bunches come with the vines quite entangled and most of them are naturally artful and artistic as is.

The vine, also sprayed copper, is wired to the frame creating a rhythmic  diagonal accent. The beech leaf branches (not treated with wax) provide dancing, lively leaves.  These leaves are tough enough to be used ‘as is’.

The completed design contains kiwi vine, waxed maple leaves, beech leaves and a dried allium ‘firecracker’.

It will last longer than my attention span!



About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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