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Drying materials for dried flowers
To facilitate the drying process, and to keep the colors alive and shiny, it is important to use some substances which, thanks to their characteristics, allow a more rapid absorption of moisture, accelerate the dehydration process and fix the colors. Some of these drying materials, such as sand, are natural, others the result of chemical synthesis, such as laundry detergent.
In both cases we proceed by covering the bottom of a tin with a layer of about 0.5 cm of desiccant. Then the flowers are placed on it and then the operation is completed by covering them with the drying materials, making sure that it penetrates deeply into the flower, in all its parts. After this the container is closed again. Remember that the sand is particularly suitable for resistant flowers and the time required for drying is about 3 weeks; laundry detergent is best suited for delicate and fragile flowers and the time required for drying is about 15 days. It is also worth mentioning that each vegetable has its own dehydration and drying times and therefore the control of what happens in the container is essential.
A very effective substance, especially for the drying of the leaves (of ivy, laurel, red beech, etc.), is glycerin. In this case it is necessary, first of all, to clean the leaves well and leave them in the water for a few hours. Then the leaves are covered with warm water mixed with glycerin and left to rest, preferably in a dark and dry place, until their color has changed. The last step is to wash the leaves and let them dry on newspaper.
How to make dried flowers
The techniques described above allow to obtain good results for the realization of long-lasting dry flowers; obviously, the most ancient technique that can be used is to choose the type of flower you want to dry, make bunches to hang upside down in an airy environment, protected and without too much light, as the light too strong makes the colors of the flower fade.
This technique is recommended for dry bunches of spring varieties, such as roses. For species that have open flowers, such as peonies and dahlias, instead it is good to use drying materials that allow to obtain better results.
Using various types of flowers to create beautiful compositions is a great way to get an original and interesting decorative element, able to bring color to every corner of the house. To achieve this type of composition it is possible to leave one's imagination free by combining different tree species with different colors.
To obtain a delicate effect it is good to use field varieties, with colors that are not too contrasting, so as to avoid jarring combinations.
Even small dry bouquets can be a good idea to bring color to your home.
Drying materials for dried flowers: Clean dried flowers
This type of flower has the great advantage of not fading and withering, on the other hand, however, with the passing of time on the compositions the dust can settle, which ruins the beauty of the whole. For this reason it is good to intervene with regularity to eliminate it, so as to preserve the refinement of the composition. To perform the cleaning, it is possible to use a simple phone for hair at mild temperatures, or compressed spray air that is used for electronic devices; in this way it will be very easy to eliminate the surface layer of dust.