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Precious Gems.

Design by Patrick Wages

An exquisite mounded gathering of gorgeous Cymbidium orchids rests atop a botanically ruffled collar of Hydrangea florets that are glued to a cardboard flange from a bolt of ribbon, giving a posh, upscale look that belies this nosegay's simple construction. The 'antique' mauve-and-green florets complement the blush-colored tropicals, enabling them to sparkle brilliantly like fresh floral jewels.

MATERIALS: Cymbidium orchids and Hydrangeas from Orchids Direct; Galax leaves from favorite supplier; Tack 2000 spray adhesive from Design Master Color Tool; wood picks from W.J. Cowee.
Glue Hydrangea florets in
thick, overlapping layers
atop a sturdy cardboard
flange, adhering them with
spray adhesive.
Wire and tape the orchids,
and form them into a mounded
cluster. Insert the taped wires
through the flange's opening,
and insert wood picks through
the wires to hold the flange in
To conceal the wood picks and the base of the flange, cover the flange's underside with Galax leaves, applying them with spray adhesive.

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