Desiccants

Desiccants

Here is a really great method that preserves flowers have a look at, Cape Malay recipe for snoek shape, size and bright colours checkout, Cape Malay recipe for Sambals and so and is a favourite way for preserving wedding bouquets. The flowers try, Jersey Display Case 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 also see, Sugar and Milk free Bran Muffins and foliage but not succulents try, Sugar and Milk free Bran Muffins or plants also see, Robbe Models with fleshy leaves.

What are Desiccants?

Desiccants are chemical agents that absorb moisture. try, Cape Malay recipe for snoek They always need to be kept in an airtight container. Desiccants that are suitable for drying and preserving flowers why not visit, Notaphily - Paper Money Collectibles 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 also look at, Digital Photographs litter! (though this doesn't work very well for delicate flowers have a look at, Doll Making Patterns 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, Dog Training or craft consider, How to Collage shops or florists. why not visit, Types of RC Buggies There are several different brands. The best gel to get is one with a colour try, Digital Sports Photography indicator - for example the silica crystals start blue have a look at, RC Trainer Planes but then turn pink , Lemon Oil when they absorb moisture. also look at, RC Micro Trucks When they are all pink also see, Cape Malay recipe for Sambals you know that the moisture why not visit, Coolum Kite Festival has been absorbed from your flowers have a look at, Artistic Languages 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 , Dynamite RC Accessories again.

Method:

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

Treat your flowers consider, Cheesecake immediately after picking. Find an air-tight lidded container that is 6" deeper than your flowers, have a look at, How to Collage and any leaves, that you want to dry. Fill the bottom of the container with 2-3 cm of silica. Lay your flowers, checkout, Spectacular New Year’s Eve Celebrations Around The World! petals or leaves in the silica. Make sure the petals or leaves don't overlap. Carefully spoon the silica all around the flowers. look at, Electric RC Make sure you cover all the gaps so there is no air have a look at, Collectible Bottle Caps - Crowncaps - Bottle Tops 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 checkout, Collectible Bottle Caps - Crowncaps - Bottle Tops so that they are ready about the same time. Fill the container so that there is no air why not visit, JR Radios 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. have a look at, Coca-cola Collectibles

Drying times vary (and silica is the quickest desiccant). Many flowers checkout, Radio Controlled Jeeps may be dry in 1-2 days. However, a rose try, Spectacular New Year’s Eve Celebrations Around The World! may need 10 days, or an orchid , Radio Controlled Military Vehicles may take 2 weeks. You'll know when they are ready because the silica crystals will have gone pink, try, Model Military Vehicles and the flowers also look at, Plane Spotting - Aircraft Spotting will feel dry and papery.

Carefully tip also look at, Stained Glass Equipment out the flowers checkout, Model Military Vehicles and shake off excess silica. Use a small paintbrush to remove any crystals or powder left on the flowers. also look at, Plane Spotting - Aircraft Spotting

Remember: Now the dried flowers also look at, Notaphily - Paper Money Collectibles need to be kept airtight or they will attract moisture have a look at, Cape Malay recipe for snoek again and go limp. You also need to keep them out of direct sun also see, Model Military Vehicles or their colours , How Professional Tile Restoration Services Can Help You In The Long Run? will bleach.

It may be a good idea to practice a little before trying to dry an absolutely treasured flower also see, Coolum Kite Festival (e.g. your wedding bouquet). Good luck with this pastime of nature , How to Collage & art and special memories.


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