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Video: Corsage Design with the Incredible Value Silk Orchid

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, May 03, 2018

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


Sophisticated and glamorous, this corsage combines smooth silk flowers with glimmering metallic details for an excitingly on-trend look. Learn how to create this gorgeous design by following along with Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD in this step-by-step video demonstration from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 


Let’s start with a quick introduction to the supplies, all available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. The base is a wholesale Fitz Design corsage bracelet called Sophisticated Lady, while the centerpiece Phalaenopsis orchid is one of the many super-realistic wholesale silk flowers available from Pioneer. Decorative details include shiny Gleaming Leaves and beautiful sheer ribbon. 

Vonda begins construction by securing the plastic platform to the corsage bracelet using a chenille stem in silver. As she explains, this type of chenille blends in with the other metallic elements and remains easily hidden after the corsage is complete. 

Next, Vonda snips the largest silk orchid blossom from the spray and removes each petal to use individually. She adds adhesive to the plastic platform and attaches the silk petals one by one, creating a nice base for further design.

The shiny Gleaming Leaves will bring sparkling metallic accents up throughout the composition. Vonda curls the stems with needle nose pliers to create a larger gluing surface for greater durability. She then adds even more adhesive over the bed of silk petals, allowing it to set up and get tacky before adding the Gleaming Leaves. 

A small bow will create more volume without increasing weight. Vonda uses a short length of ribbon to create the bow, and glues it directly to the center of the arrangement. She then ties another length of ribbon around the entire corsage bracelet and bow for extra security. Trim the ribbon ends as needed.

To finish the design, Vonda snips the remaining silk orchid blossoms from the spray and attaches each one to the center of the corsage, neatly nestled into the bow. 

At the end of the video, Vonda displays another version of this corsage using a similar silk orchid in a dark purple color, demonstrating just how versatile these elements from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale really are.

Pioneer offers a diverse range of wholesale silk flowers, wholesale ribbon, wholesale Fitz Design corsage bracelets, and so much more – everything you need to prepare for your upcoming trade shows, displays, and seasonal product updates. 

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Video: How To: Exclusive Orchid Corsage

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, May 01, 2018

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


Are you looking for a stylish corsage design in contemporary, elegant colors? Follow this video tutorial as Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI shows how to create a gorgeous orchid corsage using wholesale silk flowers and accessories from the Pioneer website.


Vonda opens the video with an introduction to the materials used in this demonstration. This design is built around a corsage bracelet that features brilliant iridescent rhinestones, although a wide variety of wholesale Fitz Design options from Pioneer would work wonderfully for this project.

Accents include iridescent quintets, iridescent Sweet Leaves, silk coleus bush leaves, and wired Starleene ribbon in light pink. The center of this design is quite impressive – the silk Phalaenopsis orchid captures the imagination with its realistic appearance and vivid purple color. 

Vonda begins construction by preparing the corsage bracelet, using simple pliers to remove the metal bracket from the back of the plastic platform. She then reties the platform in place and trims any extra ribbon. 

The silk coleus leaves are the first addition. Vonda removes the plastic from the back of each leaf and uses scissors to shape each one for a better fit. These silk leaves are then glued to the bottom of the plastic platform, encircling the edges.

To prepare the metallic accents, Vonda curls the stems of the quintets and sweet leaves to create a larger gluing surface. She adds adhesive to each, then sets them aside so the glue has a chance to set up.

Next, Vonda ties two strings of ribbon to the platform. These are just an enhancement to provide a touch of soft pink color, so creating a larger bow isn’t necessary. Vonda then adds glue to the plastic platform and ribbon alike, allowing stronger glue-to-glue contact for the next steps. 

Now the stage is set to add the previously-prepared sweet leaves and quintets. Bend and arrange these pieces as necessary to create a pleasing visual balance throughout the corsage.

The last step is to add a single large silk Phalaenopsis orchid blossom right to the middle, ensuring the entire plastic platform is covered. 

What a lovely result! This corsage offers a versatile modern design with a range of color that brings out the full beauty of its distinctive iridescent accents. Your clients may find this arrangement appealing for any season, and the bold style is sure to draw attention at tradeshow booths and other displays.  

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find wholesale silk flowers, distinctive accents, a variety of ribbon styles, and other handsome accessories you can use to create eye-catching corsage designs for any occasion. 

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#PWO1111DKPU – Phalaenopsis Orchid Spray, Dark Purple
#KK4507 – "Quintets" Accent Spray, Iridescent
#SL1607 – Sweet Leaves
#PBC522PKGR – Coleus Bush, Pink/Green
#22-4825-3-117 – Wired “Starleene” Ribbon, Light Pink


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Video: How To: Rock Candy Bracelet Corsage – Reinvented!

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, April 26, 2018

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


In this quick video tutorial from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, learn how to create an elegant and sophisticated corsage with instruction from Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI. 


This design builds on the Rock Candy corsage bracelet, a beautiful wholesale Fitz Design piece. Rhinestone quintets and stylish Gleaming Leaves bring additional glamour to the composition, while sheer ribbon in mint offers an interesting sense of color contrast. Wholesale silk rosebuds add a soft floral touch that rounds out this design beautifully. 

Vonda begins by introducing the Rock Candy corsage bracelet – this project will use the rose gold color, but Vonda points out that this piece is also available in lovely bronze and copper options as well. She begins building the corsage by tying a piece of ribbon beneath the platform and bracelet. Next, she uses the loose ribbon ends to secure separate bow to the piece.

Because glue on glue construction offers a stronger bond, Vonda preps for the next steps by applying a base layer of adhesive around the plastic platform. Another popular tip is to increase surface area wherever possible, as Vonda does here by curling the stems of the metallic leaves.  

Now that the plastic platform is prepared, Vonda attaches the silk rose leaves around the edges. The radiant gold Gleaming Leaves take their place around the perimeter next.

The quintets receive a slightly different treatment. Vonda bunches these together at the stem, placing the grouping directly in the center. This adds height to the arrangement and serves as a glitzy focal point that immediately catches the eye. 

To complete the design, Vonda carefully places the silk mini rose blossoms and tiny silk buds around the edges, taking care to strike a pleasing visual balance. Create a tidy result by lightly fluffing the ribbons and bending the quintets as needed. 

Build incredible corsages just like this one with supplies from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. Pioneer offers a wide range of wholesale silk flowers, dazzling accents, and wholesale Fitz Design corsage bracelets to help you get started. Create the perfect designs for all your clients with a little help from Pioneer.

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#RC208R – Rock Candy Bracelet, Rose Gold
#KK4607 – Gold Stem Quintets, Iridescent
#35037 – Mini Rosebud Bush, White
#GL1108 – Gleaming Leaves, Gold
#16-94344-3-530 – “Illissa” Ribbon, Mint


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Video: How To: Trendy Corsage Design with Diamond Road Bracelet

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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


Learn how to create a stylish corsage in a modern colorway with Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI. In this quick video walkthrough, Vonda builds an unforgettable corsage using the sparkling Diamond Road Bracelet along with wholesale silk flowers and wholesale Fitz Design accents from Pioneer. 


The base for this contemporary corsage design, the Diamond Road Bracelet, features a plastic platform to make custom additions easier than ever. Vonda uses this platform to attach the radiant Sunrise brooch garlands with small pieces of thin wire, trimming the wire as needed.

Beautiful lacy Princessa ribbon adds body to the design without increasing the sense of weight. Vonda ties a length of this ribbon across the platform, using the loose ends to secure a voluminous bow right in the center of the corsage bracelet. 

Next, Vonda uses adhesive to apply silk foliage around the edges of the plastic platform. This spray of dusty Lambs Ear offers a soft visual effect. Finally, Vonda rounds out the design with petals of wholesale silk flowers in a smooth coral color that matches the ribbon – this silk Hydrangea bush in pink sand is a favorite for any season. 

This combination of sparkling wholesale Fitz Design elements and the exceptionally soft coral tones of wholesale silk flowers from Pioneer lends this corsage design an aesthetic that feels at once up-to-date and sweetly nostalgic. This piece will make a perfect keepsake your customers and clients will enjoy for years after a big event. 

You can find all the supplies used in this video on the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. Pioneer offers a tremendous range of wholesale silk flowers, wholesale Fitz Design, and a wide variety of accents to make every piece special. 

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#DR1607 – Diamond Road Corsage Bracelet
#PWH2085PKSD – Hydrangea Bush, Pink Sand
#QSL005GR – Lambs Ear Spray X2 28", Green
#22-4141-3-150 - #3 - 5/8” “Princessa” Ribbon, 25 Yards, Pink


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Video: How To: Design Corsages with Better & Best Bracelets

Amanda Thomas - Monday, April 09, 2018

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


In this video demonstration, learn how to create a bright and glimmering corsage with instruction from Vonda LaFever, AIFD, PFCI, CFD. 


This demonstration features two wholesale Fitz Design corsage bracelets – the first is the Princess bracelet, featuring three rows of rhinestone look acrylic pieces, and the second is the Rock Candy bracelet that features four rows of rhinestones. 

Vonda introduces the other elements used in this design. Permanent botanical elements include both blossoms and individual petals of silk Phalaenopsis orchid. Coordinated ribbon picks include a wired pink and orange ribbon along with a softer sheer ribbon in a light coral color. A touch of glitz comes from two different pearl sprays. 

Before beginning, Vonda has already secured the plastic platform to the Princess corsage bracelet. The first step is to lightly secure it again with a length of the “Blended” style ribbon. 

Next, Vonda creates a bow with a combination of the Blended and Sheer styles of ribbon, tying it to the plastic platform with the remainder of the first ribbon. Before double-knotting, she adds the floral rhinestone pearl spray. 

Vonda has also taken time to apply adhesive to each of the accessories that will go into the corsage so that the glue has a little extra time to set up. She adds more adhesive to the plastic platform for durable glue-to-glue contact as she begins to add the individual orchid petals to create a lovely frame around the ribbon bow.

Opposite of the floral rhinestone pearl spray, Vonda adds two bubble pearl sprays for balance and charm. She nestles the full silk orchid blossom in the center of the bow to complete the design, then trims any extra length from the ribbons to tidy up the composition for display. 

The finished design is bright and colorful, with just a touch of glamour. This is a great piece for any season – ideal for brightly themed weddings or proms. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website for all the products used in this video, and everything you need to create corsage designs just like this one. Pioneer offers a wide variety of wholesale ribbon, silk flowers, wholesale Fitz Design bracelets, and so much more. Pioneer can meet your design needs for every season.

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Video: How To: Simple Corsage with Sophisticated Lady Bracelet

Amanda Thomas - Friday, April 06, 2018

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


This quick video tutorial will walk you through the process of creating a simple corsage that integrates trendy metal tones and permanent botanicals, as demonstrated by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. 


Vonda begins by highlighting the base of this corsage, a wholesale Fitz Design selection called the Sophisticated Lady Bracelet. This corsage will use the bronze color, but Vonda also displays two additional color options including rose gold and copper. The bracelet is currently available in 12 colors.

She also offers a quick introduction to the other accents incorporated in this piece – wired “Flash” ribbon in copper, two Spooky Leaves in glamorous gold, silk Phalaenopsis orchid blossoms in white, and a small permanent botanical succulent along with two of its leaves. 

Vonda starts the construction process by securing the remaining plastic platform with a piece of ribbon. She ties a second piece of ribbon from corner to corner, then uses it to attach a voluminous bow she created from a third section of ribbon. 

Next, Vonda prepares the plastic platform with glue. This sets the stage for glue-to-glue contact to create a much stronger bond. Durability is one of the most crucial concerns for wearable accessories like this one – strong bonds and clean mechanics ensure this piece will last throughout a long event, ideally lasting long enough to become a keepsake or memento afterward. 

By curling and flattening the long stem of the Spooky Leaf, Vonda creates a little extra gluing surface for a better hold. She glues and attaches the gold leaves on either side of the platform, before doing the same with the small wholesale artificial succulent and its companion leaves. 

Vonda then arranges the silk Phalaenopsis orchid blossoms – she places four around the edges and finishes with one slightly offset in the center.

The resulting corsage demonstrates fantastic balance. The artificial succulents pop with color, the gold leaves and sparkling ribbon add a touch of glimmer and glamour, and the silk orchid blossoms make a sophisticated yet classic statement. 

You can find all the supplies used this demonstration within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. Pioneer offers a wide range of wholesale silk flowers, artificial succulents, beautiful ribbon, and wholesale Fitz Design bracelets – everything you need to create beautiful wrist corsages for any style and occasion. 

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Video: How To: Gorgeous Rose Gold Corsage with the Melody Bracelet

Amanda Thomas - Monday, April 02, 2018

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


Learn how to create a beautiful corsage bracelet with this quick and easy video tutorial demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. 


The glamorous Melody corsage bracelet in rose gold serves as a base for this design, enhanced with silk orchid blossoms and wholesale artificial succulents like echeveria and string of pearls. Showtime ribbon in platinum and Double Faced Satin ribbon in nectar finish the composition.

The metal bracket that comes with the bracelet has already been removed for this video, and the remaining plastic platform has been secured. Vonda moves right into the construction of the corsage by laying both types of ribbon beneath the platform and tying a knot. This provides extra surface area to support the adhesive that Vonda adds in the next step.

Once the adhesive has enjoyed a moment to set up, Vonda begins adding individual silk succulent leaves. She also adds the artificial string of pearls to give a nice trailing effect for that extra touch of elegance.  

Vonda places more adhesive in the center of the arrangement to accommodate the addition of a gorgeous focal point. By weaving both silk orchid blossoms together with throats toward the center, Vonda makes an impressively full-looking corsage sure to please any recipient. To finish the design, Vonda trims any excess ribbon. 

The result is a colorful, modern, and sophisticated corsage with just the right amount of glitz and glamour to become a dazzling statement piece for any event. 

Each component used in this demonstration is readily available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. Take time to explore Pioneer’s wide selection of wholesale silk flowers, artificial succulents, corsage bracelets, ribbon, and beyond – everything you need to create stunning accessories just like this one.  

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#ME1808R – Melody Rose Gold Bracelet
#CP1628GR – Hanging String of Pearls, Green
#CE30113GRTT – Large Echeveria Pick, Green Two-Tone
#PWO1109WH – Orchid Pick, White
#22-4118-3-011 – “Showtime” Ribbon, Platinum
#2206-1-714 – Double Faced Satin Ribbon, Petal Peach


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Video: How To: Make a Corsage with Avery Bracelet

Amanda Thomas - Monday, March 26, 2018

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


A fresh take on the popularity of succulents in wedding arrangements and interior décor, this video features a natural corsage created using Pioneer’s beautiful Avery corsage bracelet decorated with permanent botanical echeveria succulents and stylish coordinates. 


Vonda LaFever, AIFD, PFCI, CFD walks through the process of building this corsage step-by-step. Vonda starts with a tour of the three colors of Avery corsage bracelet available from Pioneer – licorice, champagne, and sugar. 

Using the champagne bracelet, Vonda begins by tying off the ribbon to secure the bracelet to the convenient design disc that will serve as a platform to hold the cuttings of greenery. She also secures a piece of chenille stem that will come in handy throughout the tutorial.

Vonda lays cutting from an artificial string of pearls succulent across the design disc, twisting the chenille stem to hold it in place. Using pliers to coil the remaining chenille stem adds more gluing surface for the following steps.

Next, Vonda begins adding succulents to the corsage. She places glue on the design disc as well as the succulents for an almost magnetic effect – if you watch the related design video about gluing, this technique is very similar. Adding more glue to the disc allows for more insertions. 

The result is a beautiful wrist corsage that uses only succulents with no ribbons. Compared to traditional floral corsages, this design offers a more modern and up-to-date look that integrates current trends – a fantastic accessory for weddings, prom, and other fashion forward events.

You can find all the products used to create this corsage by browsing the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website – or, use the catalog to find other silk flowers and foliage that might spark your imagination for other new looks to try. 

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#AV1110 – Avery Flower Bracelet, Licorice
#AV1111 – Avery Flower Bracelet, Champagne
#AV1112 – Avery Flower Bracelet, Sugar
#PWS2629GR – String of Pearls, 16”, Green
#PWS1065 – Echeveria Pick, Green
#PWB2241GCR – Berry Stem, Green/Cream
#PWS1612BU – Rosette Pick, Burgundy

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2018 Prom Trend #3: Metallic

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, March 15, 2018
Everything is better when it sparkles! Metallic dresses are going to be very trendy in 2018 -- it is an Olympic year after all -- but the dresses won't stop in just Gold, Silver & Bronze! Pair these dresses with sparkly, iridescent accents and sheer ribbon. Shop these products here.

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. 


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