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Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Securing a kenzan

A Kenzan is a pin holder (usually made from metal or plastic embedded in a metal base) invented for Ikebana style of arrangements (Moribana style: "Moru" meaning heaped and "Hana" meaning flowers) to hold the plant material in place

Kneed a small ball of floral fix to make it sticky and plyable

Kneed a small ball of floral fix to make it sticky and plyable

Roll the floral fix in a snake

Roll the floral fix in a snake

Connect the two ends

Connect the two ends

Turn the Kenzan pin side down and place the floral on the flat side

Turn the Kenzan pin side down and place the floral on the flat side

Press the Kenzan down to stick to the shallow design container.

Press the Kenzan down to stick to the shallow design container.

Grasp the Kenzan firmly

Grasp the Kenzan firmly...

And while pressing down start to twist.

... and while pressing down start to twist...

This creates a vacuum

Because the floral fix is in a dougnut shape at the bottom of the Kenzan it creates a vacuum between the container and the Kenzan

Making it very secure and stable

Making it very secure and stable so that it will not come loose from the container

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to place various sizes of plant material in a Kenzan
See the Tutorial below for another example of how I use the doughnut shaped floral fix trick to secure a candle

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

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