Posted by Hazel
I keep a toolbox of flower-arranging equipment. Several floral knives: a less-than-sharp one-sided knife made especially for cutting flowers. Rolls of floral tape in different colors. It comes in light or dark green and white (for wedding floral). Pearl-tipped pins (again, weddings), often handy for a variety of uses. Several different sizes of wire: floral wire is a godsend because you can use it to make recalcitrant flowers do what you them to do. Wire can make a droopy, day-past-its-prime rose stand up and last through the evening.
So those are the basics for doing flowers. Now here is some fluff:
My current favorite extra is floral mesh. It comes in a huge variety of colors and adds sparkle to any arrangement you put it in. I cover vases with it, twist it with wire and insert it among the flowers–the uses are only as limited as your imagination. Very fun stuff! I have sparkles on wires; you can make them longer with the previously mentioned floral tape and wire. They come in pearl as well as rhinestones and other glittery things.
I usually have several bundles of curly ting. Curly ting is basically a long, very thin stick that’s curly at the end and covered in glitter. Again, it’s available in an array of colors: I just picked up black to add to Laurel’s party. But the extra punch it adds to a centerpiece is too much fun! It’s not expensive and can be found readily at Michaels and Floral Supply Syndicate. Remember those sparkly Christmas beads you saw everywhere during the holidays? They can make a fabulous addition to your centerpiece. I keep strands of pearl beads and make drapes of them, sticking them right into the floral foam with the oft-used wire. I’ve got more “extras” in the days to come — stick around!