Wednesday, 16 January 2013

How to preserve flowers

I really love making my paperweights at the moment for people and I am being asked to preserve some quite unusual items. Usually the items I am working with are larger than those used when making my jewellery so use different techniques. In the past I have had quite a few requests for preserving wedding flowers and flowers from other special occasions within my jewellery. Obviously these need to be small enough to fit within the designs that I have available which can often limit the flower types that I can use.

Here is an example of a pendant that I made containing a selection of small wedding flowers last year:

Real flower necklace - Necklace made with preserved wedding flowers
Real flower necklace


I still have a great deal of fun making jewellery containing flowers however the paperweights have now allowed me to preserve much larger flowers. The paperweights can be made in a few different shapes and sizes to accommodate most flower types and I can also incorporate other objects.

This paperweight was a custom order completed last week and is my first paperweight made to preserve whole wedding flowers.

Wedding flower paperweight - Paperweight made with preserved wedding flowers
Wedding flower paperweight


To be honest my wife doesn’t like being bought flowers. I think we both agree in that they don’t last very long and it isn’t very nice watching them die; she would much rather be bought a living plant. At least now we have the option on the rare occasion that she is bought flowers that I can always preserve one or two of them within a paperweight! With St Valentine’s Day just around the corner it could also be quite useful!

Mick

4 comments:

  1. What a lovely idea, I think it's so sad seeing cut flowers die and this is a much better way to appreciate them.

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    1. Thank you Maria and I totally agree about watching the flowers die. My wife had artificial bouquets of flowers when we got married and the great thing is that they look just as good today :)

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  2. I love the preserved roses. I had artifical flowers as my wedding bouquet too. No one ever buys me flowers anyway LOL.

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    1. Thank you! Glad you also prefer the idea of having artificial flowers for the wedding bouquet; it is a much better way of having a keepsake for the wedding (other than having a flower preserved in a paperweight that is LOL)!

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