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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

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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Tutorials

11 December 2013 Temporarily securing a Candle to a Vase

A temporary but very secure way to keep a candle in place in a design

8 October 2014 Replacing water in a shallow container design without disturbing the design elements

Our goal as designers is to create the best environment for our flowers to stay as beautiful and fresh for as long as possible. When we condition flowers we always remove any...

22 May 2012 Filling a vase with water without disturbing the design details

Break the water flow when you fill a vase with details in that can move with the stream of water

14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

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