Silk Occasions https://www.silk-occasions.com Silk Occasions Tue, 06 Oct 2020 14:57:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://www.silk-occasions.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Fav.png Silk Occasions https://www.silk-occasions.com 32 32 The History of Silk Flowers https://www.silk-occasions.com/2020/10/06/the-history-of-silk-flowers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-history-of-silk-flowers&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-history-of-silk-flowers https://www.silk-occasions.com/2020/10/06/the-history-of-silk-flowers/#respond Tue, 06 Oct 2020 14:56:43 +0000 https://www.silk-occasions.com/?p=543 Article taken in full with credit and thanks to https://www.encyclopedia.com/manufacturing/news-wires-white-papers-and-books/artificial-flower Florists call silk and other artificial flowers “permanent botanicals,” and for many years, they looked down on both dried flowers and artificial flowers as inferior. Today, silk flowers are prized for their versatility and are used by florists to enhance live plants and mingle with cut blossoms. This tradition is ... Read More

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Florists call silk and other artificial flowers “permanent botanicals,” and for many years, they looked down on both dried flowers and artificial flowers as inferior. Today, silk flowers are prized for their versatility and are used by florists to enhance live plants and mingle with cut blossoms. This tradition is hundreds of years old and is believed to have been started by the Chinese who mastered the skills of working with silk as well as creating elaborate floral replicas. The Chinese used artificial flowers for artistic expression, but they were not responsible for turning silk flower-making into a business.

As early as the twelfth century, the Italians began making artificial florals from the cocoons of silkworms, assembling the dyed, velvety blooms, and selling them. The French began to rival their European neighbors, and, by the fourteenth century, French silk flowers were the top of the craft. The French continued to improve both fabrics and the quality of flowers made from them. In 1775, Marie Antoinette was presented with a silk rosebud, and it was said to be so perfect that it caused her to faint. The Revolution that ended Marie Antoinette’s reign also dispatched many French flower artisans to England, and, by the early 1800s, English settlers had taken the craft with them to America.

The Victorian Age was the setting for a true explosion in floral arts, including both living and artificial varieties. The Victorians favored an overdone style of decor in which every table and mantelpiece bore flowers or other ornaments. Flowers were so adored that “the language of flowers” grew to cult status in which floral bouquets carried messages and meanings. During the mid- to late-1800s, artificial flowers were made of a wider variety of materials than any time before or since. Fabrics included satin, velvet, calico, muslin, cambric, crepe, and gauze. Other materials included wood, porcelain, palm leaves, and metal. Wax flowers were popular and became their own art form, and flowers were even made of human hair especially to commemorate deceased loved ones.

In the United States, lavish arrangements and apparel made use of permanent botanicals. The Parisian Flower Company, which had offices in both New York and Paris, supplied silk flowers and other artificial florals to milliners, makers of bridal and ball gowns, and other dressmakers, as well as for room decoration. They sold separate stems and arrangements that were either pre-made or commissioned. By 1920, florists began to add them to their products and services to cover those times when cut blossoms were in short supply.

The trend toward wreaths and ornaments using false fruit in the Italian della Robbiastyle flourished in the 1920s and 1930s and waned by 1940. Celluloid became a popular material for flowers in the 1940s, but the highly flammable flowers were banned from importation from Japan after several disastrous fires. Plastic soon overwhelmed the industry, however, and is still responsible for its versatility in the 1990s. Inexpensive plastics to realistic silk blossoms offer something for everyone.

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Artificial flowers are made in a wide variety of materials depending on the market the manufacturer is reaching. In quantity, polyester has become the fabric of choice by flower makers and purchasers because of lower cost, ability of the fabric to accept dyes and glues, and durability. Plastic is also the material used most often for the stems, berries, and other parts of flowers for the market that includes picks—small clusters of artificial flowers on short plastic and wire stems that can be inserted into forms to make quick, inexpensive floral decorations—and bulk sales of longer stems of flowers that are also less expensive. Artificial flowers are made of paper, cotton, parchment, latex, rubber, sateen (for large, bold-colored flowers and arrangements), and dried materials, including flowers and plant parts, berries, feathers and fruits.

For more upscale silk flowers, silk, rayon, and cotton are the fibers of choice. Wire in a wide range of gauges or diameters is used for firmness in creating the stems (and in stiffening some flower petals and parts), but the wire is wrapped with specially dyed, tear-resistant, durable paper. No plastic is used. Other natural materials such as dried flowers, feathers, and berries are also significant in the upper end market. To make fruit and some berries, specialty suppliers manufacture forms that are precisely sized and shaped to look like the real fruit from mixtures of tapioca or flour base. The forms are sold to the flower manufacturer who dyes them and mounts them on paper-wrapped stems or stalks. All dyes and glues are also derived from natural materials.

The manufacturing process described below features high-quality silk flowers that are sold by the stem and are made for custom decorating, millinery, other fashion accessories, displays, package ornamentation, candy companies, and floristry.

White silk, rayon, or cotton fabric are used for all petals, regardless of their finished color. The fabric is die-cut using the tools described above into the many petal sizes and shapes that go into a single type of flower. The petals are dyed in the first step of a detailed hand assembly process. The dyer uses cotton balls and paintbrushes to touch color onto the petals beginning with the edges of the petal and working in toward the center. Dyeing a single petal can take an hour of concentrated work.

To give them their distinctive curves, wrinkles, and other shapes, the petals are inserted in molds to which heat is applied to press the petals into individual shapes. After they are pressed, some petals and leaves are stiffened with thin wires. The wires are inserted by hand, and glue is touched on to fix the wire in place.

The separate flowers and sprays of leaves are assembled individually, but several of each may be used to construct a single stem. Another skilled worker has taken wire precut to specified lengths and covered it with floral paper or tape that has a waxy coating to make it self-sticking. Finally, assemblers add the individual flowers and sprays of leaves to the stem.
The finished stems are taken to the packing department. Each stem is wrapped in florist’s paper, and the stems are placed in boxes as if they are to be delivered like a bouquet of real flowers. The boxes are sealed and stored for shipment.

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Flowers add beauty and charm to your home, but real ones fade too fast. Silk flowers will last for years, but over time, dust collects on the petals and leaves. A dusty, dirty flower arrangement makes a room look dated and may give visitors a bad impression. Even though silk flowers have a lot of surface area, they don’t take long to clean. You can get your flowers free of dust and ready for display in minutes.

Take the silk flowers outside for cleaning so you don’t spread dust around your home.

Brush the flower petals, leaves and stems with a clean makeup brush or toothbrush. Wipe away as much dust as possible. Alternatively, blow the flowers with a hairdryer set on low speed if you have an outlet outdoors. Use the dryer’s cool-air setting if available; hot air can melt the glue between the petals and stems.

Fill a plastic bag about halfway with salt or uncooked rice. Put the flowers in the bag, then gently shake the bag several times. The salt or rice helps remove dust from hard-to-reach spots.

Fill a large bowl with warm water, then add a drop or two of liquid dish soap. Swish the flowers around in the water a few times.

Rinse the flowers gently with clean, cool water. Set the flowers on a stack of paper towels to dry.

Things Needed

Makeup brush or toothbrush
Hairdryer (optional)
Plastic bag
Salt or uncooked rice
Large bowl
Liquid dish soap
Paper towels

Warnings
Do not submerge hand-wrapped flowers in water; doing so may damage them.

Tips
Many florists sell canned silk-flower cleaner. Use it if you’d rather not get your flowers wet. It’s ideal for pricey or hand-wrapped arrangements.

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