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skeletonizing leaves

Posted by Dorie_in_Alabama 7a (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 26, 02 at 13:02

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

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RE: skeletonizing leaves

This link has instructions

Here is a link that might be useful: leaves

RE: skeletonizing leaves

  • Posted by Josh z8 GA (My Page) on
    Thu, Oct 31, 02 at 22:15

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?

RE: skeletonizing leaves

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.

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