Manfrotto makes a relatively inexpensive macro flash bracket, that will get your 430EX, plus another flash if desired, into a better position to light your subject. I do not have the exact SKU number, but a search of Amazon should find it quickly enough. An off-camera cord will also be needed, unless your camera's pop-up flash can activate the external flash. (I cannot recall which Canon cameras will do this.)
Really, however, I usually just use the bounce card, in the extended position, to get light onto the subject, as I shoot evidentiary close-ups at work. Only rarely do I see a need to do otherwise. I used to dream of macro ring lights, until I noticed my wife simply uses the extended bounce card of a Nikon SB-800 to photograph such fine details as fingerprints.
If feasible, white reflectors can help bounce more light onto your subject. Some folks build a box with a white interior, to surround the subject with light.
Actually, I still do dream of a true Canon macro ring flash, but the urgency is lessened.
I acquired a pristine pre-owned Nikon SB-29s ring flash, but have yet to acquire a proper macro Nikkor lens.
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Canon 5Ds R/7D2/7D/5D/40D/1D2N; Nikon F6/D3s/D700/FM3A/Coolpix A. Lens selection undergoing changes; some favorites: Zeiss 2/135 APO Sonnar, Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS and 135L, Nikkor 14-24/2.8G and 200/2 VR.