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« on: June 05, 2010 09:28:20 AM »

 Alright, this is my first post on Craftster, so if it's not right, I apologize in advance....

 For Mother's Day, my hubby got me some gorgeous flowers. And I wanted to save them. So, I had him make me a flower press out of some wood, bolts, and wingnuts. I read a few tutorials on pressing flowers, and I gave it a shot. I left the flowers in the press for one week. And here's what I got...

There's a rosebud at the top, which I thought turned out alright.
In the middle are petals from what I think was a daisy, which also turned out okay.
And the bottom petals are rose petals, which also weren't too bad.

Again, this is what I think is a daisy. It was one of the ones that they dyed an unnatural color. The picture doesn't show it very well, but they're a gorgeous puple-ish/pink-ish color.

And lastly, the sunflower. I don't think this one turned out very well, which is a shame, because sunflowers are my favorites.

So I have a few questions: A: Did I do this right? 2: Is there a way to press a sunflower and have it turn out looking nice? C: How should I store these pressed flowers until I'm ready to use them on something? 4: Is there anything I should do differently next time?
   I really like the look of pressed flowers, and would like to try this again. Even if they don't turn out right, it's an excuse for my hubby to buy me flowers.  Smiley
  Any help, comments, and criticism would be greatly appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2010 04:12:37 PM »

The flatter flowers press better than the thick ones like sunflowers.  You might try next time using silica (you can find it in craft stores) to dry out the sunflower.

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