Sunday, September 20, 2009

Pressing Fall leaves

If you are wanting an easy and fun way to decorate for fall . Press a bunch of leaves for the table decoration. you can also use mini leaves on your invitations and table place markers.
leaves are easy to press , Really !
 It takes newspapers ,one or 2 large old belts and cardboard and of course Leaves! .
 grasses work good for centerpieces too !
cut 2 pieces of cardboard about the same size of a folded newspaper (1 for top 1 for bottom)
stack about paper 8 pages deep, place fall leaves on paper try not to let them touch ,
 add  8 sheets more of paper and repeat . you can stack these about a foot deep.
Place cardboard on top then carefully wrap belts around the bundle tight. place in a dry sunny area for about a week.
 Or place in car for 2 to 3 days ,it works like a dehydrator ! take out and check it , They should be dry . If not try one more day. this my favorite way! Solar Power !
Make a bunch and have a pressing party ! you can get the leaves from a park or anywhere .
Hope this helps ?!
I also make bookmarks and cards with flowers and leaves. if you need ideas check the  picture site below.

PEACE FROM TERICA , NC, USA


find out how to make a press
on the other blog of mine   http://makingpressedflowerartandcrafts.blogspot.com/


and my flikr site http://www.flickr.com/photos/tericakay/sets/72157604720230662/detail/
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Friday, September 18, 2009

Pressed "Queen of the night" Flowers

This is one I have plans for making a picture of a Queen, this will become part of her dress!
It was cut apart and pressed flat in blotter paper and cardboard ,then placed in a box with silica gel.

I sliced the stem off and sliced it in half long wise to dry on a piece of folded blotter paper,then sandwiched it in cardboard, This went in the silica box too.
If you click the flower it will show a big picture for you to get close up!








This one I pressed flat in a padded press place in the silica box. After filling boxes I took the out the next morning and sat them in my truck to heat the boxes for 2 days , brought in for 2 more days, then took them out! 
I did have to use a very soft brush to get some of the crystals off but they are soft flexible and gorgeous ! 

 
Well that is it for now , I found my glues the other day maybe I can finally get a picture made of this flower to show to you next time ! Thanks for stopping by and check back in for more.

 

Thursday, September 17, 2009

update on the Queen of the Night Flower

It bloomed again , I pressed and dried 3 this time! 
I used silica crystals and made one 3D. I'll post those next.
i have a picture in mind for the 3D one already :-)

here's info on the cool Loofah gourd I grew this year

I'll post pictures of mine soon.

(Luffa aegyptiaca