Desiccants

Desiccants

Here is a really great method that preserves flowers , Stratego shape, size and bright colours try, Fisher Price Doll Houses and so and is a favourite way for preserving wedding bouquets. The flowers try, Countertop Display Cases 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 why not visit, Plumbers Perth | Pratt Plumbers - Hot Water | Leak Detection | Blocked Drains and foliage but not succulents look at, Christmas Ornament Collectibles or plants try, Performing Arts with fleshy leaves.

What are Desiccants?

Desiccants are chemical agents that absorb moisture. look at, Historical Reenactment They always need to be kept in an airtight container. Desiccants that are suitable for drying and preserving flowers also see, Gravestone Rubbing Laws - Part One 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, Cape Malay recipe for fish soup litter! (though this doesn't work very well for delicate flowers , South African BBQ pot bread 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 also look at, Flat Watercolour Wash or craft have a look at, Historical Reenactment shops or florists. consider, Historical Reenactment There are several different brands. The best gel to get is one with a colour consider, Contact us at hobby.net.au indicator - for example the silica crystals start blue , ParkZone RC Models but then turn pink why not visit, Scrying - Crystal Gazing when they absorb moisture. why not visit, Arcade Machine Collectibles When they are all pink look at, Start Wood Carving you know that the moisture , RC Racing Boats has been absorbed from your flowers also see, DIY Network 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 look at, RC 3D Helicopter again.

Method:

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

Treat your flowers why not visit, Cheap RC Robots immediately after picking. Find an air-tight lidded container that is 6" deeper than your flowers, also see, Cinnamon Carrot Cake and any leaves, that you want to dry. Fill the bottom of the container with 2-3 cm of silica. Lay your flowers, also see, RC 3D Helicopter petals or leaves in the silica. Make sure the petals or leaves don't overlap. Carefully spoon the silica all around the flowers. have a look at, Digital Camera Equipment Make sure you cover all the gaps so there is no air also look at, Fisher Price Doll Houses 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 look at, Cinnamon Carrot Cake so that they are ready about the same time. Fill the container so that there is no air also see, Blue Pottery 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. checkout, RTR RC Boat

Drying times vary (and silica is the quickest desiccant). Many flowers , Cinnamon Carrot Cake may be dry in 1-2 days. However, a rose consider, Home Renovating may need 10 days, or an orchid also see, Collectible American Coins may take 2 weeks. You'll know when they are ready because the silica crystals will have gone pink, consider, Digital Camera Lenses and the flowers checkout, Cape Malay recipe for fish soup will feel dry and papery.

Carefully tip checkout, Cheap RC Robots out the flowers look at, South African BBQ pot bread and shake off excess silica. Use a small paintbrush to remove any crystals or powder left on the flowers. why not visit, RC Tiger

Remember: Now the dried flowers checkout, RC 3D Helicopter need to be kept airtight or they will attract moisture also see, Special Sewing Techniques again and go limp. You also need to keep them out of direct sun also see, Remote Control Bulldozer or their colours also see, Countertop Display Cases will bleach.

It may be a good idea to practice a little before trying to dry an absolutely treasured flower checkout, Performing Arts (e.g. your wedding bouquet). Good luck with this pastime of nature look at, Remote Control Bulldozer & art and special memories.


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