Desiccants

Desiccants

Here is a really great method that preserves flowers try, Sewing shape, size and bright colours have a look at, Military Award Collectibles and so and is a favourite way for preserving wedding bouquets. The flowers also see, Musical Collectibles 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 have a look at, Calligraphy Fonts and foliage but not succulents have a look at, Gold Panning or plants have a look at, Digital Photo Printing with fleshy leaves.

What are Desiccants?

Desiccants are chemical agents that absorb moisture. why not visit, DIY Shower Doors They always need to be kept in an airtight container. Desiccants that are suitable for drying and preserving flowers try, Painting 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, Blackwork Embroidery
- and believe it or not some people use cat have a look at, Collectible Cash Registers litter! (though this doesn't work very well for delicate flowers have a look at, Arts and Crafts 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, Chocolate Marshmallow Roll or craft checkout, The Conditions Being Treated in Musculoskeletal Clinic in Maroochydore shops or florists. checkout, Start Preserving Flowers There are several different brands. The best gel to get is one with a colour also look at, Collectible Cash Registers indicator - for example the silica crystals start blue look at, Sugar Free Parsnip Muffins but then turn pink , Waterproof Digital Camera when they absorb moisture. consider, DIY Bathroom Repair When they are all pink why not visit, Calligraphy Fonts you know that the moisture consider, Collectible Cash Registers has been absorbed from your flowers have a look at, Origami Club 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 why not visit, Sugar free Muffins again.

Method:

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

Treat your flowers have a look at, Scrapbook Tips and Tricks immediately after picking. Find an air-tight lidded container that is 6" deeper than your flowers, checkout, Music Box Collectibles and any leaves, that you want to dry. Fill the bottom of the container with 2-3 cm of silica. Lay your flowers, also look at, Collectible Foreign Coins 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, RC Shooting Robots Make sure you cover all the gaps so there is no air have a look at, Xmods RC Cars 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, RC Nitro Helicopter so that they are ready about the same time. Fill the container so that there is no air also see, Home Improvement Rep 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, RC Vehicles

Drying times vary (and silica is the quickest desiccant). Many flowers consider, Collectible Cash Registers may be dry in 1-2 days. However, a rose try, Chocolate Marshmallow Roll may need 10 days, or an orchid look at, Caving may take 2 weeks. You'll know when they are ready because the silica crystals will have gone pink, try, RC Shooting Robots and the flowers , RC Sig Models will feel dry and papery.

Carefully tip also see, Home Chemistry Kits out the flowers have a look at, Chocolate Marshmallow Roll and shake off excess silica. Use a small paintbrush to remove any crystals or powder left on the flowers. consider, Collectible Foreign Coins

Remember: Now the dried flowers also look at, Collectible Foreign Coins need to be kept airtight or they will attract moisture look at, Model Car and Truck Collectibles again and go limp. You also need to keep them out of direct sun why not visit, Painting or their colours also see, RC Shooting Robots will bleach.

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


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