Drying Flowers With Desiccants
with desiccants is probably the second most commonly used method for
flowers. Although this method can be the least predictable way to
flowers and foliage, the results can be dazzling and lifelike.
materials may be used and they vary in cost and the results that they
| FLOWER TIPS
| DRYING WITH DESICCANTS METHOD
Procedure For Drying Flowers With Desiccant:
Important: Refrain from using any anti-desiccant spray or any
of preservative that would be sprayed onto a fresh flower.This can
the preservation process.
only one type of flower at a time, because some flowers take longer to
dry than others.
only plastic containers with tightly fitting lids.
about an inch of desiccant mixture on the bottom of plastic container.
the desiccant must be completely dry before you begin.
flat faced flowers and radial shapes should be dryed face down on
mounds of desiccant. Carefully add desiccant until flowers are
covered, being sure not to disrupt the natural form.
compact flowers dry best with their heads facing up when using
the flower stem to about a half an inch and stick this into the center
of the desiccants at the bottom of the container to hold the flower.
up the desiccant mixture around the edges of the flowers. Sprinkle a
layer on top of each flower and carefully separate the petals as you
Continue adding the layer around until the flower is completely covered
(about one inch above the top of the flower).
the container with a tight fitting lid (or seal it if lid is not very
if using silica gel and other desiccants. You can leave the container
covered if using sand.
the container with contents and date, and store in a dry place.
drying with desiccants check frequently because the flowers can be
if embedded too long.
a soft brush remove any desiccant that tends to cling.
you want to add color to your dried flowers you can use artist pastels.
Finely grate the pastels into a dust and mix dust from various colors
achieve a color similar to the natural flower color. Place the dust mix
in a plastic bag and insert the flower, holding on to the stem. Dust
flower with the pastel mixture, remove it from the bag and shake off
the end of drying process, white or clear glue may be placed at the
of some flower petals to prevent shattering.
the cheapest desiccant on the market. You can used washed fine sand or
use white silver sand or floral sand. It is available at garden or pet
centers and hardware stores.You can re-use the sand by sifting
any particles that might have contaminated it. Check in 10 to 20
days to see if the flowers are papery and dry. If not, re-cover and
again in a couple of days
The sand must be completely dry before you begin. You can warm it in
oven at 100 degrees for a half-hour before using.
gel is the best drying agent for retaining a flower's form and color.
gel may be oven-dried (at 300 ° F) and reused. Find
Out More About Drying With Silica Gel
and Cornmeal Method:
an equal mixture of borax and white cornmeal (1:1), add 3 tablespoons
for each quart of mixture and use our standard procedure.
in five to six days to see if the flowers are papery and dry. If not,
and check again in a couple of days.
flowers with high water content
such as rose buds are to difficult
to dry in borax mixtures.
and Sand Method:
mixture of borax and sand (2:1) and use standard procedure. Check in 10
to 12 days to see if the flowers are papery and dry. If not, re-cover
check again in a couple of days.
Do not use borax alone, as it may cause bleaching.
Avoid sand with rough edges because if that sand is used it may produce
small holes in the petals.
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