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Inspired by Wire -New Ideas for Corsages

After being inspired by Rhonda's designs (read about them here
and that wonderful Floral Jewelry book we keep referring to ...
I finally got a chance to gather my wire & tools and 

  A simple leaf design for starters..

Custom wire leaf bracelet

An armband in pink with whimsical flowers and butterflies..
(flowers are placed on the wire spirals)

Pink arm band

A couple of cuff/wrap designs..

Perfect for prom- wire wrist corsage cuffs

A chunky wrap with pink & lavender beads..

Chunky wrap bracelet

And finally....a dragonfly.. 

Wire Dragonfly

I'm looking forward to seeing how they look with fresh flowers added!


Popular on Pinterest

I pinned this calla corsage after I posted about Y.H.S. prom 2013 
There were lots of great designs we did last year but this one has received the most 
pinterest love!

The bracelet used is 'High Voltage' by Fitz design in turquoise. 
One of my favorite styles since they each have at least a couple different colors within those 
carnival glass- like beads. 

Small pink callas and a couple (dyed) blue orchid blooms are the only flowers I used. The glittered ribbon is 'Bolton' from Pioneer Wholesale. 

Here is Emily & her date Garret- 
and with her mom...

I don't usually get to see our corsages or bouts worn with the dress or tux- usually they are picked up in a rush by students on their way home to get dressed or fresh from the salon, 
hair done, but dressed in comfy clothes.
 These photos are such a treat!
Thanks so much for sharing them.

Tracey Foster

Book Review- Fresh Floral Jewelry

This book has been on my Wish List for a while

(can anyone believe I didn't have it before now?!) 

Fresh Floral Jewelry: Creating Wearable Art with Wendy Andrade  

by Wendy Andrade, NDSF, AIFD and CFD

Published March 28, 2013
Wendy Andrade is a freelance floral designer based in London. She is a regular contributor to 
Her designs have also been found at the 2010 Oscars and other prestigious events.. 
Long story short... She knows more about floristry than most of us!

The book devotes the first few pages to materials, tools & techniques - along with easy to understand instructions and photos. The rest of the book is devoted to 32 projects covering the four seasons. Not just pretty pictures, each project has lots of instructions and 'how to' photos.

Example from book

Most of the projects are necklaces with only 8 bracelets or cuffs. Any of the necklace projects can easily be adapted to a bracelet size. 

another example- my favorite!

What I love about this book:
It serves as a springboard to creativity- any one of these techniques or projects can be built upon, or altered with great results once you've mastered the techniques. 

It emphasizes exacting precision over and over-  from simple binding to the more elaborate designs. This is what separates the amateurs from the professionals, don't you think? 

We've sure come a long way with wire- here are a few of the designs from theProm & Homecoming book (published in 2007) by John Henry...

Compare them to a few of the designs from this book... 

Love this book for prom inspiration!

Who has a copy? 
What do you think? 
Have you tried some of the projects? 

Please leave a comment!

Wire Ideas for Prom

  Hello, my name is Rhonda Little and I have been a florist in a small town in Maine for 39 years.  I am a Certified Floral Designer and Maine Master Floral Designer.  In July, I will be inducted into the American Institute of Floral Design, a lifetime goal of mine since I began in the floral business.  As a member of the Maine Florists' Association and an officer in the association,
 I have had the pleasure of networking with some of the best in our industry while attending all educational programs I could.

 I am pleased and honored to offer some trendy ideas for not just proms but also for other occasions when a wrist corsage is requested. I keep up with emerging trends in the floral business and found wire wristlets and floral jewelry intriguing.  

  Inspired by the book Fresh Floral Jewelry by Wendy Andrade and by other floral artists, I have worked with the wire to produce some designs to utilize for prom and special occasions.  Thanks to the various sizes you can make, these wristlets can be altered to fit any size wrist or arm making them perfect also for father/daughter dances or young wedding attendants and even some unusual attendants such as a favorite "fur kid" (dog)!!

  The turquoise wristlet has been made with bendable "cuffs" to wrap around the wrist holding it in place.  The circlets of wire allow for placement of blooms such as dendrobium orchids, vanda orchids, or small mixes of stock, statice, delphinium blooms.  A "bullion lace" fills the void in the stiffer aluminum wire frame for a softer feel on the wrist or arm.  The same design could be extended for an upper arm cuff.

  The green "cuff" design is a bit bulkier in size but is bendable to fit tightly on the wrist.  Although larger, it is still light to wear and the circlets imbedded inside the cuff allow for multiple blooms of various sizes to be attached.  This design offers a "base" for mixed flower corsages.

  The "braided" wristlet is very light to wear and the three circlets on each end allow for attachment of blooms.  
This style of bracelet can be enlarged as shown to allow a wrist to mid lower arm bracelet. 

The same style of braided wire can be shortened to attach as a wristlet for a young attendant for a wedding or enlarged for a "collar" for your favorite canine attendant.
  I hope you enjoyed, I hope you see a design you like! 

 Keep imagining... keep wondering... keep designing!

Rhonda Little CFD mmfd
Certified Floral Designer/Maine Master Floral Designer
Millinocket Floral Shop