I'm using metallic wire to encircle the stem of this boutonniere. It compliments the shining accent of the holographic leaves.
Always insert the wire end into the head of the rose. Don't allow any cut edges or points that can snag material or fingers.
To start the coil, the idea to to keep the winding very tight around the stem so it is one smooth covering.
The beginning wind is the most difficult part. Take care to push the wire upward so it touches the first wrap under the leaves.
Stop and push upward occasionally, covering any gaps.
As you work your way down the stem, it becomes easier. The wire is very malleable and is easy to work with using your fingers only.
Once the wire is completely to the bottom, leave an extra 2 - 3 inches for another decorative touch.
Always use wire cutters. As soft as metallic wire is, it would quickly dull a pair of scissors, making it impossible to use for cutting ribbon cleanly.
To create the bottom loop, I use the shank of a long corsage pin to create a crimped look for the bottom loop.
Wind the excess wire length around the steel shank.
How closely you wind will determine how large the bottom loop will be.
Once the complete end length is wound, slide the corsage pin out of the winding.
This leaves a lovely spiral pattern on the wire.
Pull the wire up and around, creating a circle at the bottom.
Push the cut end into the back of the stem, concealing the cut wire.