How to Restore Pop and Spread of Spring Flowers
Anyone familiar with spring flowers will understand the marvelous effect of a large bundle of blossoms appearing from the void. Purchasing from a reputable source will certainly have an influence on the quality of blossoms acquired, however in most cases the flowers are likely to be imported from outside of North America or Europe. Abbott’s Magic Company does still manufacture their flowers in the United States.
With the flowers being imported, and shipped compressed they have lost much of the curl that enables them to spring open fully and quickly. The flowers will still pop, but the result is a little less than desirable. In badly compressed flowers they may not even open instantly. This guide will provide a quick method to return these flowers to their full potential.
1. If the flowers are attached to each other by string, untie and separate them. This will make the process much easier than trying to work with an entire bouquet. It will also allow you to manage which flowers have been restored and which remain to be worked.
2. Grasp the flower with the thumb inside the blossom, against the outside edge. The thumb should be well inside the blossom as far down on the spring as possible without damaging the flower.
3. Place the tool on the outside of the blossom against the meat of the thumb. You can use anything with a smooth round surface which is less than about ½ inch. I used a telescoping back scratcher. A magic wand or pencil will work as well.
4. Place the other thumb against the outside of the blossom on the opposite side and pinch the bottom of the flower.
5. Pull down on the tip of the flower while continuing to maintain pressure against the rod inside the bloom. Pull it very tightly around the blossom before beginning to push the flower across the rod. Make sure to flex each section of the spring around the rod.
6. Repeat this on the opposite side of the blossom.
Figure 1. Flexing the Spring
Figure 2. A Flat Yellow Flower
Figure 3. A Restored Red Flower
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