The Use of Floral Tools

by John Ess

Floral Tools

Florists, just like any other creative trade, have their trade secrets.

Among these secrets are flower matching, ribbon matching, display choice, real flowers or silk flowers, real flowers or candy flowers, and so on.

The ingredients and tools make all the difference to the floral artist. Floral supplies are the tools by which those masterpieces are made, even if everyone goes about it in their own way.

Florist's foam, as a general rule, is the basic starter for any project.

Wet foam is a spongy material designed to both hold water and keep the flowers in place, and comes in a variety of grades, each one slightly different; some are for more delicate flowers than others.

Foam isn't always simple to work with. To make the piece easier, the foam should sit just higher than the vase or container the arrangement will be in. It should be wedged in tightly so it stays in place after becoming water saturated.

Finally, when talking about foam, among your list of necessary floral tools is a craft saw; it's simply the easiest way to shape foam.

However, kitchen knives and wire also work if a craft saw is not available; be prepared to get covered in foam shavings.

But what if you're using a clear container? That saturated thick foam isn't the most attractive thing to look at. In that case, a metal frog is a better choice.

They are trickier to work with, but come in sizes between a half inch and eight inches, but ideal in a clear container.

To fill up the rest of your vase, fake gemstones and small rocks transform into floral supplies, being careful to not crush the stems.

The flowers are generally displayed in a vase. However, among the list of floral supplies are other less common holders.

Small decorative buckets, long planter box-containers, parfait glasses, and anything the imagination can think of become floral supplies in the hands of a master florist.

But the most important floral supplies are--let's face it--the flowers.

Flowers can be bought just about anywhere: the grocery store, a gas station, an actual florist, or in bulk from an online outlet.

A florist learns which flowers match each other, which colors to use for occasions, and how to arrange the flowers for best appeal.

The floral craft is not simple. In fact, it's a trade with many little minute details.

The best way to create the best flowers is to know the medium, and to become proficient in the art of floral design.

About the author: John has been working in the wholesale floral supply industry for many years. With the help of floral foam he has made some of the most beautiful floral arrangements.

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