Desiccants

Desiccants

Here is a really great method that preserves flowers why not visit, RC Scale Boating shape, size and bright colours try, DIY Bathroom and so and is a favourite way for preserving wedding bouquets. The flowers consider, RC Scale Cars 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, Find An Affordable Way To Restore Your Roof! and foliage but not succulents also look at, Family Tree Ancestry or plants look at, Blacksmith Forge with fleshy leaves.

What are Desiccants?

Desiccants are chemical agents that absorb moisture. checkout, Digital Camera Shutter They always need to be kept in an airtight container. Desiccants that are suitable for drying and preserving flowers try, DIY Bathroom 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 also see, Petrol RC Motorbike
- and believe it or not some people use cat also look at, Photo Collage litter! (though this doesn't work very well for delicate flowers have a look at, CB Radios for Sale 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, Avon Collectibles or craft consider, Calligraphy Pens shops or florists. try, Magic Tricks Two There are several different brands. The best gel to get is one with a colour also look at, Find An Affordable Way To Restore Your Roof! indicator - for example the silica crystals start blue also see, RC Scale Boating but then turn pink look at, Portrait Artists when they absorb moisture. why not visit, Family Tree Ancestry When they are all pink try, Fairy Doll Making you know that the moisture consider, Robots Toys has been absorbed from your flowers why not visit, Scale Model Houses 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, RC Nitro Jet Skis 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, Airline Memorabilia Collectibles immediately after picking. Find an air-tight lidded container that is 6" deeper than your flowers, also look at, RC Scale Boating 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, Calligraphy Pens petals or leaves in the silica. Make sure the petals or leaves don't overlap. Carefully spoon the silica all around the flowers. checkout, Radio Controlled Boat Make sure you cover all the gaps so there is no air look at, DIY Bathroom Ideas 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 why not visit, Magic Tricks Two so that they are ready about the same time. Fill the container so that there is no air also see, Digital Animal Photography 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. , RC Electric Jet Skis

Drying times vary (and silica is the quickest desiccant). Many flowers look at, Digital Animal Photography may be dry in 1-2 days. However, a rose checkout, RC Boat Outboard may need 10 days, or an orchid why not visit, DIY Bathroom may take 2 weeks. You'll know when they are ready because the silica crystals will have gone pink, , Robots Toys and the flowers look at, Novelty Yarns will feel dry and papery.

Carefully tip checkout, Blacksmith Forge out the flowers have a look at, Magic Tricks Two and shake off excess silica. Use a small paintbrush to remove any crystals or powder left on the flowers. look at, Science Fiction Collectibles

Remember: Now the dried flowers , Portrait Artists need to be kept airtight or they will attract moisture checkout, Electric Airplanes again and go limp. You also need to keep them out of direct sun look at, Digital Camera Help or their colours have a look at, Doll Making Websites will bleach.

It may be a good idea to practice a little before trying to dry an absolutely treasured flower consider, Alomancy (e.g. your wedding bouquet). Good luck with this pastime of nature try, RC Scale Boating & art and special memories.


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