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A Flower Drying Experiment

 
This week I dried some cherry blossoms five different ways, so you can see the results with various methods.
 
 
These are the first flowers to bloom in the Spring where I live, and the combination of pale pink and burgundy is spectacular. Here we go!
  
Method 1: Pressing in the pages of a book
 
 
Method 2: Cooking in a microwave press
 
  
Method 3: Burying in silica sand so they keep their 3D shape
  
 
  
Method 4: Air drying on a severed branch, laid on the table for a few days
  
 
Method 5: Air drying on a severed branch, kept in a vase with water.
 
This experiment demonstrates that shrinkage definitely makes the flowers more pigmented (look at method 4 compared to the others!)
 
Here's a pair of earrings I made from some petals:
 
 
 

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