First something about flowercare
Japanese Flower Arranging
A while ago, we wrote an extensive post about flowercare, here's a brief overview:
1. Use a squeaky clean vase.
2. Only fill up about 1/3 of the vase and let the water set for a little before adding the flowers. Most flowers prefer lukewarm water.
3. Use the flower preservative your florist gave you.
4. Get rid of any leaves touching the water.
5. With a 45 degree angle, cut off approximately 2,5 cm (1") of the stem right before placing the flower in the water.
6. To keep your bouquet fresh, place it somewhere cool, and out of direct sunlight, also: keep it away from fruit-bowls, as ripening fruit gives off ethylene gas which speeds up the ageing process.
7. For longivity of your bouquet, prune browning leaves when you spot them, wilting flowers also give off ethylene gas.
8. Refresh the water every few days, and when you do, recut the stems and add a little flowerfood.
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Set up your Flower Constellations
1. find a fitting vase
Your vase needs to be round, or at least have a round neck, which -luckily- most vases have.
For Flower Constellations Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Libra and Sagittarius, you can use vases with a diameter of 6,5-9 cm.
Use vases with a diameter of 9,5-12 cm for Leo, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.
Like tall stems? Make sure to use a higher vase.
ps: smaller vases can be used by pushing the outer rings down around the vase.
2. push down to fixate
3. place the flowers
Use the perforated pattern to easily place your flowers, playfully distributing them over the full diameter of the vase.
Use the different sized holes for flowers with different sized stems. Larger holes might even fit more than one flower.
Have fun with your flowers, move them around, explore different options and don't be afraid to cut some stems.
Some flowers might have (remainders) of side-branches, for a better fit, carefully cut those off with a sharp knife.
Pro tip: use smalle left-over pieces of stem to fixate flowers in the holes.
4. care for your bouquet
For longevity, as with any other bouquet, change the water in the vase every few days (before it starts to look murky).
Recut your flowers before placing them back in the Flower Constellation to keep them extra fresh.
Also, keep an eye out for browning leaves and petals, and remove them when spotted to slow down the wilting process.
Care for your Flower Constellation
The Flower Constellations are made from brass: an alloy of copper and sink.
Today, almost 90% of all brass alloys are recycled.
Brass has been historically used for musical and scientific instruments, where a combination of precision, high workability and durability is desired.
Brass has a relatively good resistance to corrosion, yet will develop a natural patina over time.
We personally love a tool-like wear, and prefer to let the stains turn into a full patina over time.
But if you prefer your flower-tool shiny, take out the rag: brass can easily be cleaned with copper polish or even ketchup (apparently) <click here to read all about it>.