Desiccants

Desiccants

Here is a really great method that preserves flowers checkout, Future Robots shape, size and bright colours look at, Doll Making Instructions and so and is a favourite way for preserving wedding bouquets. The flowers have a look at, Family Tree Ancestry last a very long time - as long as they are always kept airtight and out of direct sunlight. The technique is suitable for most flowers also see, Sugar free Chocolate Chip Muffins and foliage but not succulents also look at, Doll Display Cabinets or plants consider, Perfecting Tombstone Rubbing with fleshy leaves.

What are Desiccants?

Desiccants are chemical agents that absorb moisture. also see, Vintage Newspapers They always need to be kept in an airtight container. Desiccants that are suitable for drying and preserving flowers also look at, Model House are:

- Silica gel
- Borax
- Mixture e.g. mix 1 part silica gel to 4 parts borax (sieve any lumps out of borax first).
- Silver Sand consider, Personal Robot
- and believe it or not some people use cat , Jewellery making Products litter! (though this doesn't work very well for delicate flowers try, South African mock venison as they tend to get broken).

Silica Gel:

This desiccant is reputed to have the best and quickest results. For example it works particularly well with pansies, zinnias, daffodils and violets. Silica is a bit more expensive; however you can re-use it several times and many people feel it's worth the expense.

Though it's called gel it's actually more like fine crystals than a gel. You'll find silica sold in many garden why not visit, Personal Robot or craft also look at, Future Robots shops or florists. also look at, Fisher Price Doll House Furniture There are several different brands. The best gel to get is one with a colour why not visit, Country Cheesecake indicator - for example the silica crystals start blue why not visit, Model Train Display Cases but then turn pink checkout, Kite Line when they absorb moisture. look at, RC Robot Kits When they are all pink why not visit, Freeroll Poker you know that the moisture look at, Family Tree Ancestry has been absorbed from your flowers why not visit, RC Tug Boats and that you need to dry the crystals out again before re-using. To dry them out you spread the silica on a shallow baking tray and then put it in an oven for one hour at 250C until the crystals turn blue have a look at, Home Improvement Tips again.

Method:

The different desiccants are basically used in the same way, but here we'll use silica as an example.

Treat your flowers consider, Acultomancy immediately after picking. Find an air-tight lidded container that is 6" deeper than your flowers, also see, Fisher Price Doll House Furniture and any leaves, that you want to dry. Fill the bottom of the container with 2-3 cm of silica. Lay your flowers, consider, Origami petals or leaves in the silica. Make sure the petals or leaves don't overlap. Carefully spoon the silica all around the flowers. checkout, Vintage Robot Toys Make sure you cover all the gaps so there is no air why not visit, Home Improvement Tips but don't bruise or crush the petals. You can do more than one layer, but then it can be a good idea to do only one type of flower have a look at, Future Robots so that they are ready about the same time. Fill the container so that there is no air , Kite Line at the top. Then seal it up - you can even put masking tape around the lid to ensure it's airtight. Leave it somewhere dry and label it with date and type of flower. have a look at, RC Wall Climbing Car

Drying times vary (and silica is the quickest desiccant). Many flowers , RC Boats Model Kits may be dry in 1-2 days. However, a rose also see, Country Cheesecake may need 10 days, or an orchid also look at, Kite Line may take 2 weeks. You'll know when they are ready because the silica crystals will have gone pink, why not visit, Collectible Ashtrays and the flowers , Mr. will feel dry and papery.

Carefully tip try, Sodium Bicarbonate out the flowers also look at, RC Boats Model Kits and shake off excess silica. Use a small paintbrush to remove any crystals or powder left on the flowers. also look at, Sugar free Chocolate Chip Muffins

Remember: Now the dried flowers have a look at, Vintage Newspapers need to be kept airtight or they will attract moisture , Doll Making Instructions again and go limp. You also need to keep them out of direct sun consider, Mr. or their colours checkout, Cowboy and Western Toy Collectibles will bleach.

It may be a good idea to practice a little before trying to dry an absolutely treasured flower also see, RC Robot Kits (e.g. your wedding bouquet). Good luck with this pastime of nature look at, Live CB Radio & art and special memories.


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