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The flower arranger's toolbox

london England, United Kingdom

What's in yours?

Warren, PA(Zone 5a)

Well, for one thing, I suppose you need a good reliable pair of scissors (or "shears" if you prefer). But do you need anything beyond the standard household scissors and, if so, why?

Edited for clarity: I'm sure you need more than a pair of scissors. What I'm wondering about is what kind of scissors are best or necessary and why?

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New Orleans, LA(Zone 8b)

1. florist knife
2. hand pruner
3. wire cutter
4. wires
5. glue gun
6. florist tape
7. u shaped florist picks
8. sheet moss

BDale, I use a pair of sharp pruners when gathering my flowers. But when I'm actually arranging, I switch to a knife. I've been told that shears/pruners cut stems in two directions causing more damage to the flowers, thus, decreasing the life of the arrangement. Don't know the validity of that, just makes sense I guess. I don't know brands or anything...I just think as long as they're sharp, they're good to go.

Warren, PA(Zone 5a)

Hi karma,

Your comment about scissors/shears makes sense. Might be something I need to consider. I don't know that I'm too handy with a knife when it comes to cut flowers, but perhaps that is a good skill to learn.

Okay, what is a "u shaped floral pick" and how/where do you use it? (Maybe gently strumming a guitar while considering how to place the flowers...?) :)

BDale

New Orleans, LA(Zone 8b)

Haha bdale, I use it to secure moss to oasis foam. Also, remember the asian arrangement with the canna leaves? I used it to secure the leaf tip to the foam after I folded it under. Does that make sense?

Warren, PA(Zone 5a)

Hi Karma,

I'm not sure I know what this tool/device looks like ("u shaped" I guess, duh, but beyond that...).

I tried to "Google" to see a photo, but when I put in "floral u pick" I got about a hundred websites of places which have "U Pick strawberries, U Pick blueberries, etc." LOL.

BDale

New Orleans, LA(Zone 8b)

Sorry bdale, I sort of made up that name. I don't even know what it is called. You can actually just make them from wires or even paper clips. I bought it for convenience. Here's a pic, but the quality isn't so great. Cheap camera.

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We call them 'hairpin' hooks or 'german pins'

I use a stub wire and bend it into a hook shape !

and when you want to attatch a hook to plant material that's called a double leg mount.

Warren, PA(Zone 5a)

From the Flower Arranging event at the 2008 Olympics...

"...and here comes Terriculture in for a..it appears to be...YES, a double leg mount...the crowd goes WILD!!!"

london England, United Kingdom

BDale, not being funny but, did you take your medication today? LoL!!

Warren, PA(Zone 5a)

It is the caffeine from the coffee. Finally getting to me after all these years.

BDale

london England, United Kingdom

Better switch to decafe , mate! (only joking) !

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london England, United Kingdom

BDale, this is my bodyguard, so watch out. LoL!!




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london England, United Kingdom

My floristry toolbox, sorry it has taken me so long to get round to showing you!

It was a good excuse to have a tidy up!

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london England, United Kingdom

contents list will follow but the main tools I use are,

floristry scissors
string
wire
pot tape
oasis fix

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toolbox contents,

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Accessories,

coloured decorative wire
pearl pins
beads
feathers
ribbons
raffia

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glue gun

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floral foam
pot tape
knife
plastic trays

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london England, United Kingdom

posy pad

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New Orleans, LA(Zone 8b)

Have a question. Went to buy a glue gun today and found out there was a high temp gun and a low temp gun. Bought both. Which one used for what?

london England, United Kingdom

I don't know Karma, I bet crafty Traci will know!
lucky you got both to be on the safe side , haha!




Accessories, include fabric netting and ribbons

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london England, United Kingdom

orange ideas...........

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Gift bags, transparent coloured papers and sprayed plant material

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Hand tie in gift bag

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Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

Sorry I just now saw this thread. Thanks for showing the essentials. Here comes the question of the hour. What is Oasis?

london England, United Kingdom

Oasis is a brand name for floral foam, usually the green stutt ,but you can get other colours!
They also supply lots of floristry products.
Here's a crazy one I did with pink floral foam.















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london England, United Kingdom

container,frog oasis

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adding flowers

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layering like a yummy trifle.

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almost edible!

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Birds eye view, hope you like trifle!

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Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

Terri, check out the new shop and see what you think.

london England, United Kingdom

I think the new shop is great Traci, I will be getting all my flowery things from there!
Belle's so friendly and she really knows her stuff, someone said she used to do demos! (of the flower club type)

london England, United Kingdom

I got a new product! It looks like little beads at first.

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london England, United Kingdom

Sprinkle some in a vase of water, leave to swell for 6hrs.

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london England, United Kingdom

coloured balls appear!

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london England, United Kingdom

When the balls are in water you cannot see the clear ones, like the vase on the right.

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london England, United Kingdom

flowers can stand up in these balls.

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The flowers just stay where you put them, I think it's great stuff!

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