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Guide To Floral Supplies

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Floral supplies are the tools used to create those masterpieces, even though all designers have their own specific methods. Florist’s foam is the starting block for most floral projects. For real flowers wet foam is used: a spongy material designed to hold water and keep the flowers in place. It comes in a variety of grades, each one slightly different; some softer foams are for more delicate flowers.

Fairly easy to work with, mastering foam isn’t the most simple. To make the piece easier to create, the foam should sit just higher than the vase the arrangement will be in. It should be wedged in tightly so it stays in place after becoming water saturated.

Among your list of necessary floral supplies is a craft saw; it’s simply the easiest way to shape foam. However, kitchen knives and wire also work if a craft saw is not available; be warned, be prepared to get covered in foam shavings, no matter what cutting method is used.

But what if the arrangement is in a clear container? Saturated thick foam isn’t the most attractive thing to look at. A metal frog is going to be a better choice. They are trickier to work with, but ideal in a clear container. To fill up the rest of your vase, fake gemstones and small rocks transform into floral supplies, as long as you’re careful not to crush the stems.

The most important of floral supplies are-let’s face it-the flowers. Flowers can be bought just about anywhere, and a bouquet can be arranged into a floral project; the grocery store, a gas station, an actual florist, or in bulk from an online outlet are just a few places to find your flowers. A florist learns which flowers match each other, which colors to use for which occasions, and how to arrange the flowers for best appearance.

The floral craft is not simple. It’s a trade with many little minute details. The best way to create the best flowers is to know the medium, and to become proficient in the art of floral design.

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