This embellished composite flower is a sophisticated alternative to a
Christina M. Burton, AIFD
of dozens of Gladiolus petals, wired and taped together to
resemble a Camellia, the glamellia is a traditional corsage
option that has made a comeback in the past few years. Today’s glamellia,
however, takes “glam” to a new level. This updated selection serves as a
piece of floral jewelry, with fashion-forward accents including a
jewel-and-faux-pearl-encrusted buckle and loops of coordinating bullion
wire. It is perfect for a trendy mom or young grandmother.
To create the composite flower, wire Gladiolus petals,
in clusters of two or three, and wrap each wire “stem” with floral tape.
Then assemble the wired petal clusters into a spectacular blossom around
a central Gladiolus bloom. A variety of stem lengths add to the
corsage’s visual appeal, with the longer stems providing stability once
the corsage is pinned to the wearer’s gown. The ends of a few of the
stems are gently flared for a natural look.
Although glamellias take a bit more labor to assemble than other floral
corsages, they still offer an affordable way to provide a full
presentation because they require only a few blooms from a single
Gladiolus stem. And Gladioli are available in a variety of
colors, so this corsage can be made to coordinate with a host of wedding
Gladiolus from favorite supplier; Florette Pearl Bucklezz from
Fitz Design; Bullion Wire from Lion Ribbon; Oasis™ Metallic Wire and
Lomey™ Corsage Pins from Smithers-Oasis; Floratape® Stem Wrap from Alcan
Wire two or three Gladiolus petals together by inserting a
hairpin-shaped wire through the petals in a stitchlike manner.
Repeat this process to create several more clusters of wired petals.
Tape each wire “stem.”
Arrange the wired petals around a central Gladiolus
floret, and wrap floral tape around the stems just beneath the
composite “bloom.” Insert metallic wire through a floral buckle to
create a “pin,” and insert it into the center of the glamellia.
bullion wire into several continuous loops, and secure it to the
back of the glamellia. Pull and shape the loops to create a full
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