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Kinsan collection Line and Line Mass use a minimum of materials and are easy to do. Rhododendrons work well in the designs. Line designs have a strong line (in any direction). Line mass designs have a strong line and a bit more materials to create the mass.

Kinsan, or pin holders, are a critical tool for holding a design in place. Kinsan's come in different sizes and shapes, almost all of them are heavy. Kinsan can be painted and repaired using a straightening tool (the gold pic on the right bottom of the photo).  Kinsan will help hold materials in a particular angle and is an extremely useful tool to have. The larger kinsan are useful for tall arrangements.

Even though kinsan are relatively heavy they can slip around in a container. To minimize this put some non-skid shelf liner (cut to size) under the kinsan. It is also possible to add rocks and marbles around the kinsan. Do not glue or mud the kinsan, rocks, etc. into a container as it will become very difficult to remove or reuse these items later!
Floral
              arrangement created in a water bottle
DESIGNER TRICKS: Substitutes for Kinsan

Substitutes might include scrunched chicken wire, small rocks or marbles, small sticks, styrofoam peanuts, oasis (soft foam used by florists), and more!  Some designs can be held in place by using a grid on the top of the container. The grid can be created  using clear tape or wire or sticks. 
Containers, Mechanics

Not your classical container!  Most flower shows are looking for designs that are not patterned after traditional classical designs. At times, the Show schedule may dictate the type of container, as well as the design style, theme, height limitation, theme, amount of table space, etc.  The more modern designs are often easier to create, use less flowers, have creative containers, and are often have roots in oriental designs.

Modern containers can be made out of metal, wood, found object, stones, pottery, plastic,...just about anything that will hold plant material.  The focus of the design should be the flowers and not on the container.  Having a wildly colorful container may actually distract from the plant materials. The design on this page use simple, plastic containers that are inexpensive and yet incredibly flexible for designing with.

Containers are fun to look for and create. Look for used containers in yard sales, Goodwill, and in your own old kitchen ware. Consider painting or restoring items. Advanced designer containers are considerably more expensive and can be hard to find. These often unique containers are sold at Flower Show School sales, expositions/conventions, and designer sales. You can also create some stunning containers yourself.  

DESIGNER TRICKS: Selecting flowers

Fresh is best and often required. Collect flowers that are relatively young (so the design will last), buds, leaves, etc. Take fairly long stems to make sure everything is watered and provide the most flexibility/usability.

Groom the flowers by removing dirt, debris, dead or damaged materials, and insects! Use an uneven number of floral components such as sticks, leaves, and rocks. Include other compatible and popular garden plants.

If one container doesn't look right, try a different one.
If a container cannot hold water, try a plastic sleeve made from a water bottle, baggie, or cup.
Line mass design with rhododendrons How to create the line mass design (left):

Preparation: Wash and dry a flat dark-colored container. Select line and plant materials. Keep blooms in water. Clean all materials to remove dirt and debris.

Mechanics: Cut non-skid shelf liner to the size of the Kinsan. Use the liner with the Kinsan. It will last for several years!
 
Assembly:
1. Place Kinsan or pin holder (with shelf liner) in container.  If using Oasis or scrunched wire, cut the Oasis to fit tightly in the container. Tape can also be added to help hold the Oasis and scrunched  in place.
2. Select line materials, such as tall iris leaves (like from a spuria or siberian iris). Trim the leaf base to length using a horizontal cut. Group leaves together and push into holder (the distance between the pins may not hold a single fine leaf tight enough to stand up).
3. Trim stems of three large rhodo blooms to achieve the desired high. Firming push the stems into the holder and gently bend to the desired angle. 
4. Trim and tuck three hosta leaves (could be any kind of leaves) into holder, hiding the pin holder or mechanics.
5. Water and make sure that all stems can reach the water. 
Kinsan will resist sliding
                even when container is tipped
The rubbery shelf liner will help keep kinsan stable in a container.

Line design How to create the line design (left):

Preparation: Wash and dry a flat dark-colored container. Select line and plant materials. Keep blooms in water. Clean all materials to remove dirt and debris.

Mechanics: Cut non-skid shelf liner to the size of the Kinsan. Use the liner with the Kinsan. It will last for several years!
 
Assembly:
1. Place Kinsan or pin holder (with shelf liner) in container.  If using Oasis or scrunched wire, cut the Oasis to fit tightly in the container. Tape can also be added to help hold the Oasis and scrunched  in place.
2. Select line materials, such as tall iris leaves (like from a spuria or siberian iris). Trim the leaf base to length using a horizontal cut. Group leaves together and push into holder (the distance between the pins may not hold a single fine leaf tight enough to stand up).
3. Trim stems of three large rhodo blooms to achieve the desired high. Firming push the stems into the holder creating a line (any angle) with the flowers. The flowers should grade large to small (at the top).  
4. Trim and tuck three hosta leaves (could be any kind of leaves) into holder, hiding the pin holder or mechanics.
5. Water and make sure that all stems can reach the water.
6. Optional: Tuck in three delicate inflorescents like heukera bloom stems of bright pink.

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