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Aspects of Design: Floral Wire As Mechanic & Design
Take one look at the list of floral wire from Oasis Floral Wire and you'll instantly fall in love with its many features. For many years, floral wire has been used as part of the mechanics of the design; a stabilizer in most cases. While this serves as a very functional feature of floral wire (say that ten times fast), there are many other ways that floral wire benefits a design. Regina Berryman returned recently to show me some of these features.
In many of her most recent designs, Regina bends colored floral wire of various gauges to create a grid inside the vase. This grid holds the stems of the flowers in place while giving the design a very contemporary look. While many designs call for a grid of tape, floral wire grids are a bit more forgiving. One of the benefits of a floral wire grid is that it allows you the ability to remove flowers from a floral grid and place them back in the arrangement without damaging the integrity of the arrangement or the grid.
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Another benefit of a floral wire grid is that floral wire also carries its own ambiance and appeal. This allows floral designers to incorporate the wire into the design of the arrangement as opposed to having to hide the grid. Most would hide the grid with water color, different flowers, ribbons over the vase, or perhaps an opaque vase. Using the wire in the design reduces the need for more materials, thus lowering the cost of the arrangement and increasing its value to the florist and the consumer.
Minus any sort of grid or mechanic feature, floral wire is easily incorporated into the design of an arrangement and carries with it many of the same benefits. This was by far my favorite feature of floral wire as I prefer contemporary aspects of design. However, floral wire design does not escape traditional arrangements either. Traditional arrangements also benefit from the use of floral wire because of its cost efficient and intricate appeal.
Whether creating a beautiful traditional arrangement or a sleek contemporary design, floral wire thrills the imagination with the nearly endless possibilities. It's definitely worth playing around to find a style that works for you!
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