Preserving Fluorescent Glowing flowers (pics!)

TennysosJanuary 25, 2014

Hello all,
I am new to the forum and excited to join this community!

I have been experimenting with preserving blacklight glowing flowers. Unfortunately, the elimination of water has also eliminated the fluorescent pigment in my first attempts using silica gel+microwaving.
I was wondering if you all had any ideas how to preserve the pigment and shape of the flowers.
The flowers are made by allowing them to absorb water+hilighter fluid.

What I am considering:
-Silica gel drying for 5 days (no microwaving) - however based on the silica gel and microwaving results, I am doubtful that this will work.
-Glycerin
-Waxing
-Combination of those just listed.

I am hoping to make a floral centerpiece to hang in my room under blacklight. Any help on how to best preserve this is much appreciated!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
drying-flowers

I would never use a water based dye on flowers that are already dried. This site sells dyes specially formulated for dried flowers, It's alcohol based and easy to apply using an artists brush. I use these dyes with my pressed flowers after trying many other ways to color and it's so much better, like night and day. Get the dyes in the web store and there's a page that gives simple instructions to use.

Here is a link that might be useful: Flower Dyes From Preserved Gardes

    Bookmark   February 12, 2014 at 11:47AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Using flowers to die your hair?
Has anyone ever tried dyeing their hair with henna?...
RochelleLY
preserving large amaryllis flowers
How can I preserve large amaryllis flowers & stalks?...
amaryllisstudygroup
Can I Re-color Pressed Flower?
So I have this school project to make something using...
ElviraS
pink or blue antifreeze as glycerine alternative?
I read about this and wonder if anyone can compare...
erasmus_gw
Preserve roses with glycerine
Hi there, I just joined this forum and I spent different...
Mattia
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™