Monday, October 19, 2009

The very latest in storing pressed flowers...

Previously I blogged about how I store my pressed flowers in large foil zip lock bags. 

Well, I eventually found these large bags to be cumbersome to store, hard to zip up after use, and quality issues were also occasionally a problem.

We learn as we go, and now I have a new pressed flower storage method that is working so much better for me.  See if it doesn't help you as well.     

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Anonymous Patty S. said...

Good information as always Elizabeth.

I too have struggled for many years with how to keep all of my pressed flowers organized and safe from moisture etc.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Hi Patty,

Thanks for stopping by Patty!

Finding the very best way to store delicate pressed flowers is indeed a challenge, isn't it?

I have found that taking time up front to organize my flowers as I press them is tedious, but pays big dividends later on.

Happy Pressing!

9:53 AM  
Blogger Homemanager said...

Hello Elizabeth,
I have another suggestion for storing flowers and leaves...I am using blotter paper between layers of flowers in a box (I don't have airtight boxes at this point). I found large sheets of blotter paper at Dick Blick (an art supply store). The minimum order online is 10 sheets ($25.00) and when you cut these sheets you end up with 60 - 12x12 pieces...very nice paper. Also, I have been using the glue that you have recommended and I find that it makes the dried flowers and leaves very flexible and not brittle, but they aren't adhering to the paper quite as flatly. Am I not using enough?
Thanks so much for all the suggestions and help.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Hi Karen,

I use used printer paper between layers of flowers, and then lay them in file folders. I have seen the blotter paper from Blicks, and it is really nice, but do you think that there is an advantage to using it over other kinds of paper?

It shouldn't take much adhesive to adhere your flowers, just be sure to place a thin line around all the edges of the flower, as well as small dots/lines with throughout the rest.

But, I think the key to getting a really flat flower is to briefly press the glued piece (card, picture, whatever) under a heavy book for a few minutes after gluing. I keep several large phone books nearby, and when ever I complete a card I place it in a phone book for a few minutes until I complete the next one.

Try that, and let me know if it helps!

7:39 AM  
Blogger Homemanager said...

Hi Elizabeth,
To be honest, I'm not sure if there is an advantage (yet!) I know that with the older presses they always included blotter paper to go between the layers. The blotter paper is absorbent, so it may keep the pressed materials drier. I will let you know!
Thank you for your thoughts about flattening. I will try that!
I really appreciate your helpful ideas. Thanks so much!

3:11 PM  

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