skeletonizing leaves

Dorie_in_Alabama(7a)October 26, 2002

Does anyone know of a method to skeletonize different kinds of leaves? Thanks for any ideas!

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Here is a link that might be useful: leaves

    Bookmark   October 29, 2002 at 3:36AM
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Dorie, If you've had lots of rain there recently like we've had, check under the Magnolia trees...I found several leaves yesterday almost skeletonized by Mother Nature. Also a few Oak leaves. Just needed a little rubbing as I washed them.

Also, I ran across a method in Penny Black's book "A Passion for Flowers". I've never tried it but she's a real professional and uses a lot of skeletonized leaves in her published work, so I'd think it worth a try if I weren't scared of pressure cookers...LOL Anyway, her method is:

"Green Magnolia leaves can be gathered from tree and skeletonized by pressure-cooking them in about 1-1/2 inches of water, to which has been added 1 teaspoon of soda crystals, for about 12 minutes. If leaf tissue can not be brushed away, may need additional 5 to 10 minutes cooking time".

Do you know what she means by "soda crystals"? Someone told me it was Borax...but I'm not sure. As I said, I've NOT tried this, just offering for info. If you (or anyone here) tries it, would you please report back to the rest of us scaredy cats?

    Bookmark   October 31, 2002 at 10:15PM
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neil_allen(z5/6 Chi IL)

I would assume that "soda crystals" means washing soda, the material used in one of the methods in the page Terramadre gave a link for.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2002 at 7:56AM
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