Students and demonstration audiences often look on nervously as I arrange tall and heavy materials in tall, narrow-based vases. They do look so very unstable. So in my 4th Ikebana Tip, I thought I would show you how to overcome this, with a simple by very effective solution, and a rather special type of kenzan designed for the purpose.
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This is how…and by the way, we stock these kenzan in my shop!
This is number 3 of my Ikebana Tips & Tricks and this one shows you how to bend slightly stiffer, heavier stenms, especially those that have a habit of springing back to their original shape. This one requires some very delicate “surgery”.
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Tips & Tricks #3: bending springy stems
This is the 2nd installment of my Ikebana Tips & Tricks and this one shows you how to bend the more delicate plant stems without breaking them. Let’s jst say it is a tip with a twist!
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Tips & Tricks #2: bending delicate stems
Over the ten or so years that I have been teaching Ikenobo Ikebana, I haven’t previously stopped to consider the little tips & tricks that I have passed on.
Althought there are many aspects of Ikebana that take time and diligence to learn, there are also lots of little techniques that I show my Ikebana students which just help to make arranging that bit easier and, sometimes, a little more successful. So, I have decided to hare some of these with anyone who might find them useful.
The first installment is how to tame thin stems that just will not stay where you want them in a kenzan pin-holder. I call this trick “false stems” and this video will show you exactly what I mean…I hope you’ll find it useful.
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