How to Make a Corage

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Having all your flowers, buds, leaves and ribbon loops completely wired and taped before assembly speeds up the process.

Otherwise you are continually stopping and starting, handling your materials and flowers, continually picking up wire cutters or scissors to use over and over again.

Once ready to assemble the corsage, start with a smaller top flower, add a leave behind it, tape together, then add a ribbon loop and tape.

As I assemble, I continually snip off the wires, continuing on with only one single wire down the corsage to add the next element to.  If you didn't snip off the excess wire, the corsage could get unwieldly very quickly, with large bulky stems getting thicker and thicker.

With another leave, slide down behind the ribbon loop and tape in another wire, then snip off the excess wire end.

The different elements (flower heads, ribbon loops, more leaves) should always slide down and spread out slightly as you add more and more.

Flower heads should begin facing upwards slightly at the top, and then begin facing more directly outward as the design moves downward.

Pay attention that the "right" side of the leaves face forward and the back of the leaves are angled outward as you move down the corsage.

Note how the leaves and ribbon compliments - not overpowers - the flowers in the corsage.

A view from the side shows the the backside is smooth and flattened so it will lay nicely against the shoulder or the wrist. I added a second loop on the right side and tape it into place.

The ribbon loop peeks out from behind the bottom daisy head on the right.

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