Comfortably wearable flower designs are a specialty at Miami’s Aniska Creations, and co-owner Ana Isabel Vivas shares her technique for creating her bespoke flower necklaces.
Floral design, photos and text by Ana Isabel Vivas
“I have a passion for floral wearables,” says Ana Isabel Vivas, co-owner of Aniska Creations in Miami, Fla. “I love fashion and the idea of creating something that someone will wear, so I want to share this passion with you and inspire you to give it a try.”
Known throughout her area for her alternative-style tiara/headband-style flower crowns (FR September 2021), Vivas also has developed an alternative method for creating comfortable-to-wear flower necklaces. Her distinctive designs are just the sorts of things that spirited, fun-loving Gen Z consumers—like prom-goers and younger brides—are hungry for. So, create a niche for your flower shop this coming prom and wedding season with custom, personalized wearable flower designs.
STEP BY STEP
Choose a costume jewelry blank choker collar necklace that is flat and wide enough to glue onto. Next, choose flowers in a variety of sizes and textures, in a palette that will complement the wearer’s dress and skin tone. You’ll need mostly small flowers, and they should be as flat as possible. (Think of a Ranunculusblossom as opposed to a rose head.)
Apply liquid floral adhesive to the surface of the necklace, and allow it to become tacky. You may apply the adhesive to one section at a time or to the entire necklace at once, depending on how you like to design—and how quickly.
Remove the entire stem from each flower, cutting each one as flat as possible. Apply a drop of liquid floral adhesive to the base of each flower, and allow it to become tacky.
Place the botanicals onto the adhesive-covered surface of the necklace, in whatever pattern or design you choose. Place the largest flowers first, filling in between them with the smaller blooms, berries, etc.; this will enable you to create balance and line. Hold each botanical firmly against the necklace for a few seconds so that it adheres securely. Be sure to cover the entire necklace base, and remove any strings of adhesive.
Allow the adhesive to dry completely. Then, spray the completed design with an exterior-coating finishing spray, such as Floralife® Crowning Glory®. Allow the finishing spray to dry completely before packaging the design and placing it into a floral cooler.
NOTE ABOUT FINISHING SPRAYS: Exterior-coating finishing sprays, like Floralife® Crowning Glory®, are formulated for designs that have limited or no access to water, such as corsages, boutonnières, headpieces, hand-tied bouquets, etc. Cellular-level finishing sprays, such as Floralife® Finishing Touch, are developed for use on finished arrangements that have a water source via a container or floral foam.
• Astrantia major ‘Roma’ (masterwort, great masterwort)
• Clematis integrifolia ‘Amazing Rome’ (virgin’s bower, leather flower, vase vine)
• Syringa vulgaris ‘Dark Koster’ (lilac)
• Ranunculus asiaticus ‘Elegance Viola’ (Persian buttercup)
• Thryptomene saxicola (rock Thryptomene, rock myrtle, rock heath myrtle)
• Ligustrum vulgare, berries (common privet)
• OASIS® Floral Adhesive
• Floralife® Crowning Glory®
• Metal or plastic choker collar necklace