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Ikebana tips #20: tricky little apertures

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If, like me, you enjoy using unusual Ikebana containers, you’ve probably come across some with tiny apertures. You know; the ones that are too small for a kenzan: where flower foam would be too messy; and chicken wire too fiddly. And unless you do something, your flowers just will not stay where you want them.

Well, of course, there’s a simple way to deal with that and this tip will show you how. Yes, there’s some wire involved!

Ikebana Tips #16: more modifying leaves

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I really love to see creative freestyle Ikebana arrangements. Fusing nature with human creativity opens up infinite possibilities to make really striking Ikebana arrangements. You’ve probably seen many of my students (and some of my) freestyle arrangements in the class photos I post most weeks.  If not, you can find them here or on my Instagram .

Anyway, I’d better show you my video for this week, which is the second about modifying leaves.  This time I’ll show you two ways to use the same technique to create fabulous architectural shapes with leaves.  Once you’ve seen the video, go on and try it yourself.  You can use these techniques with lots of different types of leaves and to create lots of different shapes.

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Ikebana tips #15: wiring techniques 4

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OK so I know this should be “wiring technique 3”, but Keith put the wrong number on the video! So we’re stuck with it.  I’ll do number three soon…although we might call it number 7 just to really confuse everyone!

Oh get on with the video, I think you’re saying, well this time I’ll show you how to use wires so that you can bend hollow or soft stems to curves and even sharp bends.

I’m sure you’ve tried arranging things like daffodils, anemone and snake grass which, if you try to introduce a curve or more angular bend, will often just kink and flop over.   This wiring technique will help you to over come that.

Ikebana Tips #14: let’s try modifying leaves

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Nature produces beautiful materials for us to use, but sometimes we can also take what nature provides and modify it.  In freestyle we are being totally creative, so anything goes and this includes re-shaping or reforming leaves.  And sometimes you can combine leaf modification with wiring to achieve all sorts of creative contortions, for freestyle fun!

Ikebana Tips #12: wiring techniques 1

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In Ikenobo Ikebana we love to be creative, and in this tip I’d like to show you as simple way to get  creative with leaves, by using wire.

This is a simple way to take soft leaves that will break if bent or just spring back and shape them the way you want them.  Here I demonstrate how to bend beautiful cordyline leaves into gentle curves.  This is a technique I use in lots of arrangements.  In rikka I can make the right-angled bends we need to accompany mizugiwa and in freestyle….well you’ll see in my finished arrangement.