A cross bar fixture is a simple method intended to direct and support plant materials. In this week's video, you learn how to make a cross bar fixture (Jumonji-dome) in your ikebana container by using just two thick stems or thin branches. The material used for your cross bars should be as straight as possible and in proportion to the size of the container and the material used in your arrangement. Normally I use cornus for this kind of stems, it is a straight and flexible material.
One end of the cross bar should be flat to sit firmly against the container side and cut the other end at about 50° – 70° angle. Be careful to use this technique to fragile containers. The pressure of the stems or branches can break your container.
Hide your technical constructions for more beauty in your arrangement. Use a cross bar fixture only in a non-transparent container.
The best way to test whether your cross-bar fixture is stable is to lift the vase (be careful) by your fixture.
This kind of fixture works the best in a straight-sided vase. If you work with a container with a larger ‘mouth' as the bottom or thinner ‘mouth' as the bottom the stems will slide up or down. You can also use this technique in the widest section of an oval container.
To soften the end of the stem you can split the end or press this on your working table. The cross bar construction is placed about 1cm from the ‘mouth' of the vase. Top water up to cover the cross bars as soon as your arrangement is finished.
Enjoy the video below.
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Quick how to make a cross bar fixture video
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The ikebana scissors I used are from Okatsune (you can find them here).
Longer how to make a cross bar fixation video