Special tools may be needed to assist in the creation of exceptional designs.
There are a few tools that will not be in your toolbox all the time. These are tools that you may not needed every day, but unusual designs may demand their usefulness. It is important to be able to make use of them when they are needed.
Flower Preservative is essential for fresh flowers. There are many ways they can be purchased. We used powdered preservative in the shop. It was offered in different container sizes and in boxes of individual packets. Individual packets are consistently available in wrapped bouquets. Often, more than one bouquet is used for an arrangement. In most cases, only one packet of preservative is needed for one container of flowers. Save additional packets for future uses.
Rose Strippers make preparing rose arrangements much faster. This tool can remove the thorns and leaves from the stem of a rose in one pull. The tool is used by holding the tool at the desired height on the stem. Do not have leaves below the water line of the vase. Carefully, squeeze the prongs together around the stem. Draw the tool down to the bottom of the stem. Be careful not to squeeze so tight that the bark is stripped from the stem. After practice, this procedure can be done in one movement!
Wooden Picks are great for securing objects into foam. It is useful to keep assorted sizes on hand. In the shop, we had three lengths – 3”, 4” and 6”. The smallest length was a thinner pick. They all came with thin wire attached to the pick.