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How to create perfect floral arrangements

San Francisco floral designer shares secrets you can use at home

Flower shop essential tools
Thomas J. Story

Your home floral-design studio

A checklist of essential tools
1. Floral tape
2. Rose stripper
3. twine (pictured: Bordeaux baker’s twine; $7 for 60 ft.; raffit.com)
4. Lighter (to heat-seal the cut stems of flowers with milky sap)
5. Swiss Army Knife
6. Wire cutters
7. Pruning shears 
8. Rubber bands
9. 22-gauge paddle wire
10. Sponge
11. Florist scissors

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