The latest craze to hit the UK is the Prom season. You’ve bought the dress, booked in your hair appointment and manicure. So all that’s left to do is prepare a beautiful wrist corsage and let’s not forget to add that all important bit of bling!
For our corsage we have used silk flowers and foliage, but you can of course use this method for fresh flowers.
First prepare the flowers and foliage: trim the small leafed Ivy down to small sprigs and the dark green Ivy to individual large leaves. Trim the Orchid flowers to single stems.
The next step is to wire all the Ivy leaves and sprigs using the ‘single leg mount’ method. Cover the new wire stems with the Green Stemtex.
Once the foliage is prepared, using the same technique wire and tape the Orchid flowers.
For an extra decorative touch slide one Pearl Bead onto each of the three strands of Bear Grass.
We can now start to assemble the arrangement:
Take a single large leaf of Ivy and place one strand of Bear grass behind it. Now place two other strands in front. Add the smallest Orchid flower and a sprig of Diamantes. Secure this all in place using the Stemtex.
Once secure, add a further small Orchid flower and a larger white Orchid to the group. Also hold this in place using the Green Stemtex. Take your second large Ivy leaf and position it so it lies opposite the first, facing down the stem. Secure with Stemtex and now add another spray of Diamante and the second pink Orchid flower.
Carefully position two small sprigs of Ivy, and the last large Ivy leaf at pleasing angles to the Orchid group. Fold over two of the beaded Bear Grass strands and catch the tips securely using again the Stemtex. Trim down the stem wires. Do this by graduating the lengths, so that you achieve a short but not bulky end. For the last time wind Stemtex around the stem to neaten and finish the arrangement.
Use the Cold Glue to adhere the arrangement to the plastic disc on the bracelet.
Top Tip: allow both surfaces to become ‘tacky’ before you hold them together.
Use the ribbons attached to the bracelet to tie the arrangement – carefully wrap the ribbon around and through the arrangement before securing with a knot. The ribbon can either be left free to dangle or be trimmed short.
15299 Green Stemtex or 10622 Green Parafilm
13874 Silver Wires 7” x 28swg
13452 Cold Glue
17950 Empress Wristlet Champagne
14831 Iridescent Diamante Spray 5mm
14193 Pearl Beads 8mm White
16616 Bear Grass
17892 Ivy on Roll 5m
18293 Ivy Garland Galaxy
18022 Baby Orchid Lilac
16285 Orchid Phalaenopsis Spray Cream