After about 30 minutes, had a decent-looking collection of stems wired up. Slight variation on the "use fake hydrangea's as a base" technique: twisted the wire stems around the hydrangea under-foliage to better secure them and prevent them from sliding about willy-nilly.
|brooch bouquet under-structure|
Also, kept twisting the wires around the stem all the way to the end (instead of trying to hold them straight in a bunch).
|brooch bouquet stem (under construction)|
- don't have to twist each individual stem's wires down to the ends
- don't need floral tape until the end
- brooches can't slide around within the arrangement
- actually easier to thread the stems into the arrangement
- takes more than 2 hands
However, I still think I am going to take this version apart. I like the technique, but I want to tweak things a bit.
|Too much hydrangea; it's hiding the bling|
My main complaint is that the overall shape has strayed too far from oval/round, and the hydrangeas seem to be swallowing up a few of the stems. I don't want to lose sight of any of my carefully crafted lovelies!
Phew, good thing I started this project so early...