How to Preserve Flowers

How to Preserve Flowers

Enthusiasm for preserved flowers , Magic Tricks Revealed has come in waves throughout the centuries; each time adding a new technique, improvements checkout, Crimean War Reenactments and new ideas. So that today we can choose from tried and tested ancient techniques e.g. air-drying or modern methods e.g. microwaving.

Preparing your Flower

- Pick your flowers also look at, Car Racing when they are freshest
- But pick when dew has dried and they are thoroughly dry

Pressing the Flowers

This is an easy, favourite and one of the oldest ways to preserve flowers. checkout, Cape Malay recipe for spicy kebaabs Most flowers , Cheap RC Robots are suitable for pressing; the ones that don't come out so well are flowers consider, Crimean War Reenactments with large round flower why not visit, Scrapbooking: A Hobby for Teenagers and Adults Alike heads or round middles that won't flatten down easily such as large roses, try, Poker Hands or Waratahs, or fleshy leaves (e.g. succulents) that tend to squash or ooze out.

- Press flowers , Family Tree Magazine when there is no moisture , RC Nitro Cars on them. Cut & press your flowers have a look at, Collectible Corgi Cars & leaves when the weather , Science Behind Sand Castle Building is dry because water also see, Poker Hands can get trapped in the flowers also look at, Guide to Costs of Kitchen Renovations (Perth) which can turn them mouldy when you press them.
- Your flowers also look at, Gun Display Cases may turn brown if they don't dry quickly enough.
- To keep more of flower's original colour consider, Guide to Costs of Kitchen Renovations (Perth) change the blotting paper (or newspaper, or sheets of paper) every couple of days to help flower consider, Free Crochet Patterns dry quicker.
- Before placing your flower look at, Magic Tricks Revealed for pressing; take a moment to imagine how it will look when it's flattened, and arrange it nicely e.g. you may like to avoid parts overlapping.
- With some flowers also look at, Making your Own Mini Scrapbook e.g. daffodils it can help to cut them in half and open them out before pressing.
- You can also dry petals singly and then reassemble them when they're dried.
- Thick flowers have a look at, Great Corporate Christmas Party Idea For Festive Fun like Chrysanthemums need to have their calyx (bottom of the flower) thinned before pressing, but don't cut off too much or the flower also see, Collectible Paintings will disintegrate.

We already told you in our introductory article how to try, Cheap RC Robots press flowers also look at, RC Micro Cars using heavy books. You can press several pages of flowers have a look at, Collectible Beer Glasses at a time; just make sure that you leave at least 1/8" of pages between pressings. Another good way is to make or buy a flower try, Poker Chip Collectibles press. A good botanical flower checkout, RC Nitro Powered Cars press can aid air have a look at, Gun Display Cases circulation and give good results.

Advantage: your part of the process is quick & easy to do - then you just wait for the flowers consider, Micro RC Plane to dry out.
Disadvantage: flowers why not visit, Magic Tricks Revealed can lose their colour, have a look at, Easy Chocolate Cake some species become brittle and can easily break. Have to wait 2-3 weeks for flowers checkout, Poker Hands to totally dry out.

Air Drying Flowers

Make sure you pick flowers also see, Collectible Corgi Cars when they are really dry. A good time maybe mid-morning after the dew has dried but before the flowers also see, South African game recipe for wild Boar may wilt in midday sun. checkout, Music Box Collectibles Remove excess leaves from the stems, (unless you want to dry them as well).

Divide them into small bunches and tie with elastic band. Hang upside down in a warm, airy place why not visit, RC Gas Boat out of direct sunlight - preferably dark, or low light also look at, Boat Building Kits because sunlight bleaches the colours. also look at, Doll House Plan Make sure there is ventilation or the flowers have a look at, Cape Malay recipe for spicy kebaabs may go mouldy. Most flowers consider, South African BBQ Cool Open-fire Fondue need about 2 weeks to dry out.

Some flowers checkout, Brunswick Heads Squash e.g. hydrangeas need a slightly different way - though it may sound strange! Put the stems in a vase with a little water look at, Science Behind Sand Castle Building (about an inch). When the flowers why not visit, Doll House Plan have used up all the water, , Hot Wheels Diecast the flower why not visit, RC Nitro Cars heads will actually have dried out successfully.

Advantage: one of the easiest techniques. Works well with flowers also see, RC Battle Robots called 'everlasting' or 'immortelles'.
Disadvantage: flowers have a look at, Cheap RC Robots can go mouldy if you're not careful

Waxing

Is more often used for foliage than flowers. also look at, Radio Control Waxing can be done on fresh flowers look at, East Indian Cuisine or leaves, or dried, or partially dry. But don't try to press your materials after waxing.

Method: Melt some paraffin wax. (some people put a little mineral oil into their wax to thin it out a bit). Plunge each individual flower consider, Radio Control or leaf into the wax. Remove and shake off excess. Put in fridge to set and harden.

Advantage: simple and quick.
Disadvantage: can be bit more tricky waxing flowers

Glycerine

Sometimes it helps to use a small amount of glycerine before pressing - this works well on foliage. Some people experiment with mixing it with a little water consider, Boat Building Kits of alcohol. Spray it on and let it dry to the touch before you press.

Glycerine is a natural , Making your Own Mini Scrapbook preservative and can be derived from animal fats, vegetable look at, Science Behind Sand Castle Building origin, or made synthetically. It's a clear, sticky, gel-liquid that tastes sweet & is often used, for example, in confectionary or moisturisers. You'll find it in the cake-making section of a supermarket, in a pharmacy or craft look at, Doll House Plan shop.

Advantage: foliage & leaves stay soft & pliable. Flowers why not visit, RC Micro Cars can be painted, or wiped clean. Lasts indefinitely.
Disadvantage: - glycerine does not preserve the green colour have a look at, Teddy Bear Collectibles of foliage; leaves turn brown, black or gold

Microwaving Flowers

This is a very modern technique to preserve flowers look at, RC Micro Cars and is very quick - though it's not a favourite choice for everyone. You can use it on most types of flowers also see, Cheap RC Robots but not those with thick fleshy leaves as they contain too much water. checkout, RC Nitro Cars

ONLY use a non-metallic container to put your flowers consider, Brunswick Heads Squash in, and never have any wire or metal also see, Easy Chocolate Cake around the flowers. consider, RC Mini Robot You will need to experiment to get the right setting and timing for your particular microwave. So start off with the low settings, and only for a few seconds at a time. Some people use silica gel for better results.

Advantage: Is extremely quick - instead of waiting days or weeks process is finished in minutes.
Disadvantage: Does not work well with plants look at, RC Battle Robots that have thick or fleshy leaves.

Another very successful way to preserve flowers why not visit, Cheap RC Robots is using Desiccants - see our separate article.


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