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« on: May 21, 2009 07:48:26 PM »

I love to experiment, and when my mom brought these flowers to my house from the public market and they began to dry out, I knew I had to do something to preserve them - somehow.  And thankfully it's an experiment gone right (lord knows I have plenty that don't!) I filled canes allowed them to cure sliced them on my scroll saw and then coated each side with a thin layer of resin for extra shineyness and color clarity.

So without further ado, here are photos so you can see the prettiness, every last one of them turned out differently.














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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2009 07:55:55 PM »

What a cool experiment. I love how even though it's random you can almost see images in them, like the inkblots I guess.
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2009 08:15:22 PM »

thank you Smiley There is one in here somewhere that looks like a hummingbird and another that formed a smiley face Hard to believe it all started out as tulips, daffodils and the sort Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2009 08:26:06 PM »

there gorgeous !!!!
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2009 08:54:03 PM »

perfectly preserved flowers..you did great..two thumbs up on a great experiment..
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2009 09:04:42 PM »

I really like these, and the general idea of nature preserved in resin. I just added them to my wists. Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2009 10:19:12 PM »

 Shocked Those are REALLLLLY cool, love 'em!!
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2009 03:20:11 PM »

Ok, I'm BEGGING you, please help!!!  I've been trying for over a YEAR now to figure out how to preserve flowers with resin- I know it can be done because I've seen them for purchase, but I've been experimenting with everything I could think of (white glue, clear nail polish, clear gloss spray sealants, hairspray, clear acrylic gloss 'paint,' you name it; on both dried and fresh flowers) and every time I drop my flower (I've tried a few different kinds) into the resin, it turns a nasty brown.

Your pieces are GORGEOUS!  From the sounds of it, resin isn't the main factor in what you're doing though, right?  I'm not familiar with canes or canework, could you explain this a bit for me pretty please?  I'll be eternally grateful!!   Grin

P.S. what's the bit of blue that's in the piece in the second photo? Again, gorgeous!
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2009 04:27:45 PM »

I think the real 'trick' is to dry the flowers fast.  Some flowers don't dry well and naturally start turning brown.  I have a friend that has one of those dryer 'shoe & sweater' racks for her clothes dryer and I know she dries flowers out on it with good success.  I don't coat the flowers with anything before I add the resin but I did have to work fast, Essentially I filled a tube with flowers and sliced it after it cured, I then had to scrub and wash each piece after slicing and then applied a layer of resin to one side let it cure for a good stint of time then flipped the pieces and repeated the process. 

The blue thingies I think are dyed wheat grains.  I think of all the bits that went into the pieces those were my favorite.  Smiley
Ok, I'm BEGGING you, please help!!!  I've been trying for over a YEAR now to figure out how to preserve flowers with resin- I know it can be done because I've seen them for purchase, but I've been experimenting with everything I could think of (white glue, clear nail polish, clear gloss spray sealants, hairspray, clear acrylic gloss 'paint,' you name it; on both dried and fresh flowers) and every time I drop my flower (I've tried a few different kinds) into the resin, it turns a nasty brown.

Your pieces are GORGEOUS!  From the sounds of it, resin isn't the main factor in what you're doing though, right?  I'm not familiar with canes or canework, could you explain this a bit for me pretty please?  I'll be eternally grateful!!   Grin

P.S. what's the bit of blue that's in the piece in the second photo? Again, gorgeous!
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2009 06:04:01 PM »

OMG! These are gorgeous!  They remind me of amber fossils with bits of bugs and neat-o stuff trapped inside!  Cool!  I know you probably don't need to be told to sell these, but I hope you give these the treatment they deserve (i.e. sterling silver and/or real gold).  If you can afford these to start off with, I think it would definitely  be worth it, you would have some real high class pieces here!
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