Tips & Tricks

Ikebana Tips & Tricks #6: soft, hollow stems

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In my Ikebana classes I often show my students tricks that will help their Ikebana arranging. I decided to record this particular one after showing one of my Ikebana students, who remarked that it was such a very simple yet really useful tip.

So, the problem this time is how to hold tall, hollow stems, particularly those that are soft and difficult to insert firmly into a kenzan. Amaryllis is a great example, as you’ll see in my Ikebana tip #6

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Tips & Tricks #5: keeping your kenzan stable in shallow vases

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In my previous Ikebana tip I showed you how to keep your tall vase and the kenzan stable, particularly when using tall and heavy materials. But we also use tall, heavy materials in shallow vases in which gravel and a kenzan stabiling leg can’t be used.

This tip, #5, will show you how.

Do you have a “how to?” type question about Ikebana? Send me your question or suggestion for a tip or trick and if I can turn it into a short video, I’ll be pleased to. Just contact me with your How to…? question.

Tips & Tricks #4: keeping your tall vases stable

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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.

Do you have a “how to?” type question about Ikebana? Send me your question or suggestion for a tip or trick and if I can turn it into a short video, I’ll be pleased to. Just contact me with your How to…? question.

This is how…and by the way, we stock these kenzan in my shop!

Tips & Tricks #3: bending springy stems

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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

Junko’s Ikebana tips & tricks #2

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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

Junko’s Ikebana tips & tricks #1

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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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Tips & Tricks #1: False Stems

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