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Re: Paper question

Having read this exchange on flowers for several days, the technique I had
heard of years ago just came to me:
A lady who regularly dried flowers and other plants of a delicate nature
found that a very fine-grade of sand did the job admirably and with out
A small amount is put into the base of a container - the item "stuck" into
that to hold it upright, then more sand gently laid in around it until it
was completely covered.  Left that way for a few days, or whatever, then
gently poured out brought the item to complete dehydration without
distortion, and presumably less change in color than items pressed between
some papers or ironed or otherwise mangled.
Obviously, this does not address the problem, then, of inclusion into a
flat medium, such as a handmade paper, but the drying of it apparently
works.  One might adapt the sand method to parts of other techniques on a
trial basis and report back.
Charles Schermerhorn

> From: vosberg <kirkhamb@xxxxxxxx>
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: Paper question
> Date: Saturday, June 06, 1998 10:42 AM
> I tried drying cherry blossoms
> > in a phone book and they all turned brown.  :(  At the same time I also
> put
> > some fresh ones into the paper.  They were all brown a few days later.
> > wish I knew about the microwave technique back then, I could have
> > the cherry blossom petals with the microwave.  Oh well... Guess I'll
> > to do some more hunter gathering for flowers in the garden...   <g>
> As you may know, many flowers whether dried quickly, slowly or fresh and
> drying along with the paper, will dry brown no matter what you do!  It's
> just their nature!
> The best results for flower petals maintaining their colour, are the
> flowers that dry well.  Ask your friendly dried flower arranger which
> flowers they prefer and start with those.  My best results have always
> previously dried flowers sprinkled into the vat and continually mixed
> the pulp before pulling a sheet.  They maintain their colour and don't
> usually bleed or very little.
> Cheers!
> Colette Vosberg

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