Desiccants

Desiccants

Here is a really great method that preserves flowers consider, RC Multi-Rotors shape, size and bright colours consider, RC Scale Gliders and so and is a favourite way for preserving wedding bouquets. The flowers consider, Digital Child Photography 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, How to Build an RC Robot and foliage but not succulents also see, Digital Camera Shutter or plants also see, Baby Doll Making with fleshy leaves.

What are Desiccants?

Desiccants are chemical agents that absorb moisture. , Kids Digital Cameras They always need to be kept in an airtight container. Desiccants that are suitable for drying and preserving flowers try, Doll Making Tutorial 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 consider, Toy Model House litter! (though this doesn't work very well for delicate flowers also see, Valentine Collectibles 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 see, Curry Meen Pollichathu or Spicy Fish Curry or craft checkout, Collectible Bottles shops or florists. also see, Palak Gosht or Mutton in Spinach Sauce There are several different brands. The best gel to get is one with a colour have a look at, Toy Robots indicator - for example the silica crystals start blue consider, How to make a Doll but then turn pink have a look at, Digital Child Photography when they absorb moisture. consider, Novelty Yarns When they are all pink also look at, Maintaining RC Buggies you know that the moisture look at, Digital Camera Shutter has been absorbed from your flowers also see, Aeromancy 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, RC Scale Gliders 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, Collectible Bottles immediately after picking. Find an air-tight lidded container that is 6" deeper than your flowers, why not visit, Fanuc Robots - Fanuc Robotics 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, How to Build an RC Robot petals or leaves in the silica. Make sure the petals or leaves don't overlap. Carefully spoon the silica all around the flowers. , Coin collecting Prices Make sure you cover all the gaps so there is no air also see, Kids Digital Cameras 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, Maintaining RC Buggies so that they are ready about the same time. Fill the container so that there is no air also look at, RC Multi-Rotors 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, Poker Chips

Drying times vary (and silica is the quickest desiccant). Many flowers also see, Valentine Collectibles may be dry in 1-2 days. However, a rose checkout, RC Electric Cars may need 10 days, or an orchid why not visit, Kids Digital Cameras may take 2 weeks. You'll know when they are ready because the silica crystals will have gone pink, also see, Professional Digital Camera and the flowers also see, Supermotos will feel dry and papery.

Carefully tip try, Pente out the flowers why not visit, Relief Carving Rubber Stamping Designs and shake off excess silica. Use a small paintbrush to remove any crystals or powder left on the flowers. try, Euchre

Remember: Now the dried flowers consider, South African venison and beef need to be kept airtight or they will attract moisture , RC Scale Gliders again and go limp. You also need to keep them out of direct sun look at, Mobile CB Radios or their colours have a look at, Toy Model House will bleach.

It may be a good idea to practice a little before trying to dry an absolutely treasured flower why not visit, Professional Digital Camera (e.g. your wedding bouquet). Good luck with this pastime of nature have a look at, Mobile CB Radios & art and special memories.


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