In my previous tip, #25, I showed you the traditional “ukezutsu” and how to use it. Of course, it’s not something everyone has lying around, so this time I thought I should show you an alternative that many of you will have in a cupboard; a plastic water holder.
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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