How to Make a Corsage

Wiring Ruscus Leaves

Italian Ruscus is a favorite of mine and comes in a few different varieties.  As you can see, a single grower's bunch has a large quantity of leaves.

This greenery is wonderful for large altar sprays, trailing designs on candelabras, in cascading bridal bouquets and (as individual leaves) for corsage and boutonniere work.

You may want to purchase this wedding greenery in single bunches, however.  Having to purchase ten full bunches (a case) is a LOT of greenery and can soon put a crimp in your flower budget.

Buying by single bunches allows you to mix flower and green varieties, getting a much more pleasing design without a huge investment.

Israeli Ruscus has broader leaves and a more rounded shape than Italian Ruscus.  Both work beautifully in corsage work.

I wire the individual leaves in a stitch pattern, using a 26 gauge wire.

Press your thumb and forefinger firmly over the wire, taking care as you bend down the wires not to tear the leaf.

As you can see on the backside of the leaf, the stitch is wide enough to give good support as you bend and manipulate the leaf later when designing.

I spray all my fresh greenery with a sealant such as Leafshine for longer lasting leaves with a glossy finish.  I do sell this in a small can perfect for a single, DIY wedding.

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