Artificial flowers are likely to remain a popular choice, imitating its long history, as people like to be surrounded by beautiful aspects of nature, but also enjoy the convenience of inexpensive, low-maintenance, long-lasting flowers.
As new technology develops, the culture of artificial flowers is likely to flourish and become more specialised, with processes such as permastem and permasilk that fuse artificial flowers to their stems, making them more durable and improving the functionality and beauty.
Other new innovations in fake flower production include processes that help create a dried look and soft touch. Foliage in particular has been benefited from soft touch processing- by varying the sizes of leaves on a single branch, the overall effect is warmer and gentler.
Improvements in moulding techniques has helped to create more beautiful and realistic artificial flowers, with many manufacturers using real petals and leaves to create prototypes and to create shape and texture from finely-detailed cut and creased foil, which is later set with a plaster cast that creates the best production moulds.
Screen printing techniques have improved to develop the use of colour in the production of artificial flowers. Quality flowers can feature subtle colour variations to enhance their natural appearance, and many manufacturers like to include deliberate imperfections to create a more realistic effect.
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