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Ikebana tips #25: tricky rikka tip – ukezutsu

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Rikka is a fascinating, beautiful style of Ikenobo Ikebana that is difficult to master. There are many techniques which will help you to create your masterpiece arrangement, and using ukezutsu to hold stems in position above the vase waterline is a key one to learn.  This tip will show you how.

 

 

Ikebana tips #24: caring for your hasami

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I suspect that may of us take our hasami for ganted.  Use them, pop them in our toolbox or drawer and that’s it.  But have you noticed that the dirtier they get the stiffer they become?  Unless you have the non-tarnishing professional hasami, your hasami will probably rust and become dirty with plant sap and bits as you use them over time.

But you really can help to keep them in good order, just by using sabitoru, kitchen oil and a little TLC.  And here’s how.

 

 

Ikebana tips #23: gravity-defying kenzan

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