The basic wire candelabra structure can be finished in a number of different ways for your floral art exhibits. My exhibit in this example uses tortured willow.
2. One length is the central piece of the structure. This should be curled top and bottom.
3. Bend the remaining pieces exactly the same – at a right angle about half way then curve back towards the straight section, giving the end a tight curl to match the central piece.
4. Place the structure upright on a table or chair and wire together the arms and the central piece in at least three places. I found it easier to tie them in place first with string, then do the wiring. You can use decorative wire if this is to show in your design or “vine” wire (as I have) to let it blend with your horticultural material.
5. Now you can start winding on your material – I have used stripped tortured willow which I let dry for a week before adding another layer. I wanted my candelabra to look very rustic – experiment with vines and flexible foliage to get the look you want.
6. You can add shorter arms with twisted cups at the end for candles or small floral arrangements. These should be placed in between the existing long arms. I find it easier to add these after some of the covering material has been put onto the structure but you could do it before the previous step as is shown here.
Glass vials can be hidden in the structure for flower placements.
7. The finished design is best exhibited as a hanging item. Alternatively it can stand on a round base but should be elevated a little to make best use of the impact of the structure.
This is not my own idea – I have adapted it from one by the very creative Christine de Beer.