Can anyone offer me any tips on wiring flowers in to sprays. I really struggle with it and the tape ends up far too thick for my liking. Any help greatly appreciated and Thanks in advance.
Cazza, I've heard of people cutting their floral tape in half keeps you from having excess tape on the wires. I say I've heard because I haven't made a spray yet!
I always cut my tape in half and it still ends up thick. I've tried cutting smaller but then I can't seem to handle the tape at all.
I use a quarter width tape unless I want the stem to be thicker . I use stemtex not parafilm. I start down the stem a bit then push it to the base of what I am taping. I stretch it quite tight as a tape down.
When wiring a spray together, start with your best bud and have a clear idea of where your centre is and wire either side of this , you can adjust the flowers into position easier if you don't cross your taping over. Leave yourself plenty of room when wiring , then you have more scope to adjust your flowers , I use craft tweezers to adjust them. If you have any gaps you can always add in an extra flower on a long stem to fill them .
I can show you what I mean when we meet next year if that is as clear as mud and you are still having trouble.
Thanks Chelle. I will try cutting the stemtex smaller. Pity I have wired all the bougainvillia already.
AI use the half width tape too, and I now tend to tape more loosely - by this I mean that when I tape a new flower to my spray I only wrap the tape around a few times (firmly) to the base of the stem, so the tape isn't touching the previous bit of tape - more open like a spiral water slide. Then the final tape for the spray I make sure to completely cover all the wires neatly. This seems to reduce the bulk of tape a lot. BUT some sprays with a lot of flowers are just bulky, there doesn't seem to be anyway around it,
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