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    Vintage Glass with Roses

what you need:

  • 2 white hydrangeas
  • 8 large candy cane roses
  • 8 large pink roses
  • 2 seeded eucalyptus stems
  • 2 Dragon Wing Pink Begonias
  • a few pink wax flower buds
  • 1 stamped glass candy dish 7"H x 6" Diam.
  • 1 block wet pack floral foam
  • 1 produce knife
  • 18 gauge floral wire (6 pieces)

Steps: 9 

 

Rated: Intermediate Arrangement

Housed in a clear blue vintage candy dish, this delicate arrangement makes a perfect centerpiece. The blue candy dish is nicely offset by the pink and white of the roses, and the lacy green seeded eucalyptus. The Dragon Wing Pink Begonias anchor each end of the arrangement like a pair of drop ear-rings.

Get out Mom's blue pressed glass candy dish, or go treasure hunting at the 2nd hand stores.  You can grow the Dragon Wing Pink Begonias in the shade of your garden, then take a snip or two as needed.  The hydrangeas give it volume and shape as well as an accent color.    

As you place the hydrangeas and roses in this arrangement, they form a sphere starting from the base of the candy dish.  If you can image the entire arrangement forming a triangle, the Dragon Wing Pink Begonias form the bottom vertices or points of a triangle.  The horizontal proportions follow the Greek rule known as the "Golden Mean," a ratio of 1/3 to 2/3rds. That is, the candy dish takes up 1/3 of the width of the arrangement. 

 

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 Cut tiny bit off stems.  Leave in water until used. Wire roses. See "My Best Secrets" for directions. 

Cut tiny bit off stems.  Leave in water until used. Wire roses. See "My Best Secrets" for directions. 

 Use a few pink  wax flower stems with buds.

Use a few pink  wax flower stems with buds.

 Cut floral foam to fit half of dish. Press it into foam to get shape, then cut it.

Cut floral foam to fit half of dish. Press it into foam to get shape, then cut it.

 Copy shape and cut a second piece.  Put both in candy dish.

Copy shape and cut a second piece.  Put both in candy dish.

 Add water until saturated and it is a little below brim of bowl.

Add water until saturated and it is a little below brim of bowl.

 Put seeded euc. that are  same size and  droop same way on each side.

Put seeded euc. that are same size and droop same way on each side.

 If one of them hangs like this, here's a FLORAL TRICK:

If one of them hangs like this, here's a FLORAL TRICK:

 Wire the two pieces the way you want them to hang.

Wire the two pieces the way you want them to hang.

 Cut 2 hydrangea pieces about so.

Cut 2 hydrangea pieces about so.

 Place 1 in front right at angle going out and to right like so.

Place 1 in front right at angle going out and to right like so.

 Add 1 on back, mirroring front.  Add center rose with it 1.50 inches higher.

Add 1 on back, mirroring front.  Add center rose with it 1.50 inches higher.

 Measure and cut 2nd rose.  Put in at angle shown.  

Measure and cut 2nd rose.  Put in at angle shown.  

 Add candy cane roses at same angle around center rose.

Add candy cane roses at same angle around center rose.

 Add the pink roses.   

Add the pink roses.   

  Cut roses shorter as you go, so arrangement is rounded.

Cut roses shorter as you go, so arrangement is rounded.

 Guide placement of wax flower buds with your hands.

Guide placement of wax flower buds with your hands.

 Finish with Dragon Wing Pink Begonia on each side.

Finish with Dragon Wing Pink Begonia on each side.

 This is the finished arrangement.

This is the finished arrangement.