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Video: Corsage Gluing Tips & Tricks

Amanda Thomas - Monday, March 12, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.


Smart gluing techniques are the backbone of any corsage project. In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD walks through the process of building a corsage from the ground up – demonstrating a handful of helpful corsage gluing tips to make the process quicker and easier while resulting in a sturdy product your customers can depend on.


The initial round of advice deals with minimizing mess. Vonda begins by introducing Oasis Floral Adhesive, available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. To keep the glue from oozing out too fast, she uses a pair of needle nose pliers to crimp the nozzle into a more easily-controlled oval shape. 


Keeping the glue upright when you’re not using it is another way to keep your workspace cleaner and tidier. Vonda uses a simple plastic cup and piece of cardboard to create a sturdy glue holder that can be easily disposed of or re-used. 


To create this holder, Vonda places a dot of glue on the bottom of the cup and another on the cardboard – this “glue on glue” technique creates a stronger (almost magnetic) bond, a tip you can use for any permanent botanical project. 


You can even keep the cap for the adhesive inside of the cup to prevent it from rolling away and getting lost while you work.


Next, Vonda begins the corsage demonstration. The glitzy Diamond Road corsage bracelet – like many of the wholesale corsage bracelets from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – includes a plastic platform that makes gluing so much easier. Vonda uses needle nose pliers to remove the metal part of the platform since it isn’t needed for this project.    


Vonda applies the glue to the platform liberally, even covering the ribbon rose in the center. She lays a few sprigs of wholesale artificial maidenhair fern around the edges. Next, Vonda gathers a few colors of ribbon and creates a large bow to serve as the center of the design. A little extra glue on the bow supports the final few pieces of artificial maidenhair.   


With the “nest” of the design completed, Vonda adds a beautiful silk Phalaenopsis orchid to the center. Phalaenopsis orchids are a popular choice for weddings and other formal events, making this realistic silk bloom a perfect choice for this corsage. She trims the excess stem and covers the rest with floral adhesive to ensure a sturdy bond. 


Vonda finishes the corsage design by gently fluffing and trimming the ribbons as needed to ensure a neat composition. 


The result is a beautiful corsage – made quickly, easily, and neatly thanks to the professional glue techniques Vonda demonstrates in this video. This advice can work well for corsages in any style and can even carry over to other permanent botanical projects you might have in mind. 


Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find the adhesives, silk flowers, corsage bracelets and wholesale ribbon used in this video. Pioneer offers a wide variety of supplies for corsage projects just like this one, along with everything you need to complete other permanent botanical projects for weddings, prom, seasonal displays, and so much more. 


Watch the video here!

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