FLORAL DESIGNS
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DESIGN 106

Two bouquets, one in artificial flowers and foliage, and one using fresh flowers and foliage. Both of these bouquets are made in long-handled cone shaped holders, which are covered with cream sisal. The fresh one uses floral foam, and the artificial one uses dri-foam. Both bouquets are made in the same way. Begin by wedging a piece of floral foam into the top of the holder. If there's any doubt about its security in the holder, then glue it in place. The foam should be about 1 " - 2" higher than the rim of the holder. Begin by adding a collar of leaves around the outside of the foam. Next, add the main flowers - one in the centre and the rest equally spaced around the outside. Fill in the gaps with fillers such as the berries in the artificial bouquet, or the Waxflower in the fresh bouquet. Add some pearl picks to the design to give it a bit of glitz, and finally wind some gold bullion wire around and across the flowers (see close-up, below). I have also added some artificial rose petals to the holders, binding them on with gold bullion wire. For the fresh bouquet, I have included some ivy leaves as well (see close-ups, below). The flowers and foliages used here were - for the fresh bouquet - Fatshedera lizei, Hedera (Ivy), Carnations and Chamelaucium uncinatum (Waxflower), and for the artificial bouquet, Ivy, roses, and green berries.

A close-up of the artificial  design, showing the berries, pearls and bullion wire.

A close-up of the artificial design, showing the berries, pearls and bullion wire.

A close-up of the holder of the artificial  design, showing the rose petals bound on with bullion wire. A close-up of the holder of the fresh design, showing the rose petals and ivy leaves bound on with bullion wire.

A close-up of the holder of the artificial design, showing the rose petals bound on with bullion wire.

A close-up of the holder of the fresh design, showing the rose petals and ivy leaves bound on with bullion wire.

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