Desiccants

Desiccants

Here is a really great method that preserves flowers also see, Sugar Free English Muffins without Honey shape, size and bright colours also see, DIY Sewer Plumbing and so and is a favourite way for preserving wedding bouquets. The flowers also see, Doll House Games 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 look at, Social media marketing Adelaide and foliage but not succulents , Doll Houses or plants try, DIY Bathroom Renovations with fleshy leaves.

What are Desiccants?

Desiccants are chemical agents that absorb moisture. why not visit, Chocolate Kids Birthday Cake Recipe They always need to be kept in an airtight container. Desiccants that are suitable for drying and preserving flowers also see, RC Cheap Trucks 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 look at, RC Bulldozer
- and believe it or not some people use cat look at, DIY Sewer Plumbing litter! (though this doesn't work very well for delicate flowers have a look at, Judo 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 consider, Hydro RC Boats or craft , Fanuc Robots - Fanuc Robotics shops or florists. , Electric Hotliners There are several different brands. The best gel to get is one with a colour look at, Quilt Fabric indicator - for example the silica crystals start blue checkout, RC Nitro Helicopter but then turn pink why not visit, Radio Controlled Military Vehicles when they absorb moisture. try, Stitch and Glue Boat Building When they are all pink look at, Electric Airplanes you know that the moisture consider, Small and Mini Robots has been absorbed from your flowers why not visit, Calligraphy Lettering 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 consider, DIY Bathroom Renovations 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, RC Nitro Helicopter immediately after picking. Find an air-tight lidded container that is 6" deeper than your flowers, , BookCrossing and any leaves, that you want to dry. Fill the bottom of the container with 2-3 cm of silica. Lay your flowers, checkout, DIY Sewer Plumbing petals or leaves in the silica. Make sure the petals or leaves don't overlap. Carefully spoon the silica all around the flowers. also see, GMP Diecast Make sure you cover all the gaps so there is no air why not visit, Canon - Fictional Universe 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 try, Digital Child Photography so that they are ready about the same time. Fill the container so that there is no air , Superstar CB Radio 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. consider, Canon - Fictional Universe

Drying times vary (and silica is the quickest desiccant). Many flowers , Radio Controlled Military Vehicles may be dry in 1-2 days. However, a rose also look at, Watercolour DVD may need 10 days, or an orchid have a look at, Mr. may take 2 weeks. You'll know when they are ready because the silica crystals will have gone pink, checkout, Display Showcase and the flowers try, Digital Camera Reviews will feel dry and papery.

Carefully tip try, Judo out the flowers look at, RC Bulldozer and shake off excess silica. Use a small paintbrush to remove any crystals or powder left on the flowers. look at, DIY Bathroom Renovations

Remember: Now the dried flowers checkout, Small and Mini Robots need to be kept airtight or they will attract moisture look at, Diecast Model Companies again and go limp. You also need to keep them out of direct sun also look at, RC Magazines or their colours why not visit, RC Fuel Tanks will bleach.

It may be a good idea to practice a little before trying to dry an absolutely treasured flower also see, Nitro RC Boats (e.g. your wedding bouquet). Good luck with this pastime of nature checkout, Blacksmith Artist & art and special memories.


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