Desiccants

Desiccants

Here is a really great method that preserves flowers consider, RC Sailboat shape, size and bright colours also look at, Fossicking in New South Wales and so and is a favourite way for preserving wedding bouquets. The flowers try, RC Slope Gliders 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 look at, Kite Repair and foliage but not succulents try, Knots in Weaving or plants checkout, Scrapbooking with fleshy leaves.

What are Desiccants?

Desiccants are chemical agents that absorb moisture. look at, Using Sewing Machines They always need to be kept in an airtight container. Desiccants that are suitable for drying and preserving flowers consider, Music are:

- Silica gel
- Borax
- Mixture e.g. mix 1 part silica gel to 4 parts borax (sieve any lumps out of borax first).
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- and believe it or not some people use cat have a look at, RC Model Kits litter! (though this doesn't work very well for delicate flowers have a look at, HPI Nitro RC Cars 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 checkout, Dolls Making or craft look at, Dolls Making shops or florists. also look at, Blacksmith Anvil There are several different brands. The best gel to get is one with a colour consider, Geelong Skip Bins Hire indicator - for example the silica crystals start blue also see, Geelong Skip Bins Hire but then turn pink try, RC Spinners when they absorb moisture. also see, RC Mini Submarine When they are all pink also see, RC Battle Robots you know that the moisture look at, Crochet Hats has been absorbed from your flowers also look at, Classic Car Collectibles 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 try, RC Model Kits again.

Method:

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

Treat your flowers look at, DIY Kitchen Sink Plumbing immediately after picking. Find an air-tight lidded container that is 6" deeper than your flowers, why not visit, After 7-com-au | Reviews | The Best Online Shopping Store Melbourne Australia and any leaves, that you want to dry. Fill the bottom of the container with 2-3 cm of silica. Lay your flowers, look at, RC Helicopter Gyros petals or leaves in the silica. Make sure the petals or leaves don't overlap. Carefully spoon the silica all around the flowers. , Collectible Trading Cards Make sure you cover all the gaps so there is no air why not visit, Meta Robot 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 , Blacksmith Anvil so that they are ready about the same time. Fill the container so that there is no air , Hobbies - Hobby Resources Online 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. why not visit, Canoeing

Drying times vary (and silica is the quickest desiccant). Many flowers try, Sugar Free Corn Currant Muffins may be dry in 1-2 days. However, a rose why not visit, Knots in Weaving may need 10 days, or an orchid also look at, Fossicking in New South Wales may take 2 weeks. You'll know when they are ready because the silica crystals will have gone pink, look at, Kids Birthday Cakes and the flowers , After 7-com-au | Reviews | The Best Online Shopping Store Melbourne Australia will feel dry and papery.

Carefully tip also see, Home CB Radio out the flowers look at, RC Battle Robots and shake off excess silica. Use a small paintbrush to remove any crystals or powder left on the flowers. also look at, HPI Nitro RC Cars

Remember: Now the dried flowers have a look at, RC Battle Robots need to be kept airtight or they will attract moisture look at, RC Helicopter Gyros again and go limp. You also need to keep them out of direct sun also see, Collectible Cap Guns or their colours also see, Jewelry Display Cases will bleach.

It may be a good idea to practice a little before trying to dry an absolutely treasured flower consider, Hobbies - Hobby Resources Online (e.g. your wedding bouquet). Good luck with this pastime of nature try, And the Sydney Harbour lunch cruise grand prize goes to ticket number 341! & art and special memories.


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