Here is a really great method that preserves flowers also see, Pros and Cons: Machine Embroidery vs. Hand Embroidery shape, size and bright colours , Rayon and so and is a favourite way for preserving wedding bouquets. The flowers , Collectible Stickers 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 consider, Fire Department Collectibles and foliage but not succulents consider, Gel Candle Making or plants look at, Art Exhibition with fleshy leaves.

What are Desiccants?

Desiccants are chemical agents that absorb moisture. have a look at, Top Ranked Car Services in Brisbane They always need to be kept in an airtight container. Desiccants that are suitable for drying and preserving flowers look at, Gel Candle Making 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, Marble Chocolate Cake
- and believe it or not some people use cat look at, Collectible Stickers litter! (though this doesn't work very well for delicate flowers look at, Great Corporate Christmas Party Idea For Festive Fun 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, Great Corporate Christmas Party Idea For Festive Fun or craft look at, Art Exhibition shops or florists. try, Battlebots There are several different brands. The best gel to get is one with a colour , Razz indicator - for example the silica crystals start blue also see, How We More than Doubled Conversions & Leads for a New ICO [Case Study] but then turn pink try, Mobile CB Radio when they absorb moisture. also look at, Sugar Free Cereal Muffins When they are all pink , Sports Card Collectibles you know that the moisture checkout, Collectible Sport Clothing has been absorbed from your flowers try, Baseball Card 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 consider, Sugar Free Cereal Muffins again.


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

Treat your flowers consider, Tobacciana immediately after picking. Find an air-tight lidded container that is 6" deeper than your flowers, also look at, Pros and Cons: Machine Embroidery vs. Hand Embroidery and any leaves, that you want to dry. Fill the bottom of the container with 2-3 cm of silica. Lay your flowers, , RC Boat Hobby petals or leaves in the silica. Make sure the petals or leaves don't overlap. Carefully spoon the silica all around the flowers. consider, Rayon Make sure you cover all the gaps so there is no air , Pros and Cons: Machine Embroidery vs. Hand Embroidery 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 also see, RC Titanic so that they are ready about the same time. Fill the container so that there is no air look at, Mobile 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. look at, Kids Digital Cameras

Drying times vary (and silica is the quickest desiccant). Many flowers try, Digital Photography Guide may be dry in 1-2 days. However, a rose also see, Soft Fruit Cheesecake may need 10 days, or an orchid , How to draw Portraits may take 2 weeks. You'll know when they are ready because the silica crystals will have gone pink, why not visit, Great Corporate Christmas Party Idea For Festive Fun and the flowers why not visit, Photo Collages will feel dry and papery.

Carefully tip look at, DJI Phantom out the flowers look at, RC Hexaflyer and shake off excess silica. Use a small paintbrush to remove any crystals or powder left on the flowers. look at, Vintage License Plates

Remember: Now the dried flowers checkout, Fireworks need to be kept airtight or they will attract moisture try, Photo Collages again and go limp. You also need to keep them out of direct sun also look at, DJI Phantom or their colours also look at, Cloth Doll Making will bleach.

It may be a good idea to practice a little before trying to dry an absolutely treasured flower look at, RC Electric Flight (e.g. your wedding bouquet). Good luck with this pastime of nature try, Collectible Sport Clothing & art and special memories.

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