On Pins and Petals
“Edgy design features an industrial safety-pin waterfall structure juxtaposed with blossoms and berries. ”
Common goods create uncommon potential when safety pins in varying sizes come together to form the structure for an inventive waterfall-style composition. This boundary-pushing design would likely find appeal among younger, alternative bridal clients who enjoy expressing their individuality and creative freedom, perhaps through body art and body modification.
Designed for both form and function, safety pins also pierce and secure Hypericum berries throughout the bouquet. Experiment with building and utilizing a variety of botanicals to make it your own.
Follow along as visionary floral designer Stacey Carlton, AIFD, EMC, illustrates how to make this edgy and imaginative arrangement part of your own design portfolio.
Moth orchids (Phalaenopsis amabilis) and tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum) from suppliers of your choice; Oasis Aluminum Wire (Silver) and Oasis Floral Adhesive from Smithers-Oasis North America; Brooch Bouquet Armature from Fitz Design; safety pins in varying sizes from craft, hobby or fabric store.
Wrap bouquet armature handle with silver decorative wire.
Attach bouquet armature base to the handle, and begin attaching safety pins to the base, to cover it.
Sort, open and attach safety pins to the base and, eventually, to each other, creating the desired width, length and waterfall silhouette.
Remove Hypericum berries from the stems. Pierce the berries onto safety pins sporadically throughout the bouquet. Place larger berries in the upper and center parts of the structure, with increasingly smaller berries in the lower and outer parts.
Remove Phalaenopsis blooms from the their main stem, lining them up face down, and add a spot of liquid floral adhesive to the backside of each blossom. Adhere blooms throughout the safetypin structure, and allow the adhesive to dry.