Posted 16 May 2011 - 07:45 PM
I have never dried Plumeria flowers because I have never been blessed with flowers as of yet, but have dried cut flowers using Silica Gel to preserve flowers. It's a Drying Agent and their colors stay just as beautiful as they were when they were fresh... it's pretty easy to do.... just Cover the bottom of your Tupperware with 1" Silica Gel and Place the flowers face up, don't let them touch one another, then Completely and gently cover the whole flower with Silica Gel. Seal your Tupperware and Leave it undisturbed for 7-10 days. then very carefully remove the gel you can use a small paint brush, or a q-tip to remove any remaining Silica from all the little crevices of your flower. Afterward spray a little acrylic on the flower to seal them up...be sure to spray both front and back and let them dry completely before handling them, the acrylic will also help them from breaking.
another way you could try is your microwave ...place the flowers on a paper towel be sure there not touching one another and only put them in for a few sec at a time and check them. though a microwave may change the color a bit. also you might try quickly dipping in paraffin wax to give a light coating of wax. but I think the Silica Gel working the best ...the fall back is it's not as quick as your microwave.
hope this helps.
God Bless and Keep You
Posted 18 May 2011 - 07:20 PM
Posted 14 June 2011 - 07:17 PM
I have no idea if the flower would survive being drenched in epoxy, but I don't see why it wouldn't? I'll have to google it!
EDIT: Looks like a lot of the sites suggest you dry the flower before setting it in resin. Still worth a shot though. If I had blooms I'd try it, since the stuff I used was not expensive so it wouldn't be a total loss :)
This is the stuff I used: http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/B000PEGLBS