Dipping flowers in paraffin

Dipping flowers in paraffin

Post by Nancy Dool » Fri, 02 Aug 1996 04:00:00



Quote:


>Subject: Dipping flowers in paraffin
>Date: 1 Aug 1996 09:03:08 -0400
>Did anyone see the demonstration on TV of preserving live flowers by
>dipping them in hot paraffin?  It is truly amazing.  Melt the paraffin in
>a large coffee can which is sitting in hot water on the stove.  Just dip
>in your flower (they did roses) for 2 seconds, shake off excess, and swish
>through a bowl of ice water (doesn't have to be ice cold - just nice and

This is a very old method of preserving flowers (pre-silk and silica etc.) - I
can remember my grandma doing it when I was little.  

Nancy Dooley

"Celebrate our State."  Iowa's Sesquicentennial year, 1846-1996.

 
 
 

Dipping flowers in paraffin

Post by NukeCi » Fri, 02 Aug 1996 04:00:00


Did anyone see the demonstration on TV of preserving live flowers by
dipping them in hot paraffin?  It is truly amazing.  Melt the paraffin in
a large coffee can which is sitting in hot water on the stove.  Just dip
in your flower (they did roses) for 2 seconds, shake off excess, and swish
through a bowl of ice water (doesn't have to be ice cold - just nice and
cool).  Let dry on waxed paper.

I tried a variety of flowers - the best were the fresh, firm ones. They
get only slightly "damaged", have a beautiful shine, and an entriguing
appearance.  I also tried some ferns and other greenery which turned out
great.  On TV, they also did silk flowers - haven't tried that yet, but it
sounds great.  All these waxed flowers would be super for decorating a
cake.

A word of caution - keep the fire under your water low!!  Paraffin is
flammable, you know.  Also, cover all surfaces close to your work with
aluminum foil or you'll be cleaning up little spills and drips of
flammable paraffin for an hour like I did!  A hint: when you pass the
flowers through the water, hold sideways; if you hold the flower verically
(upside down), the petals spread when they hit the water.

Of course, the finished flowers need to be kept away from sunlight and
heat.  I didn't see the whole presentation on TV, so if I've forgotten
anything, please add on.

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Dipping flowers in paraffin

Post by Lynniepo » Sat, 03 Aug 1996 04:00:00



Quote:
(Nancy Dooley) writes:

>This is a very old method of preserving flowers (pre-silk and silica
etc.) -
>I
>can remember my grandma doing it when I was little.  

>Nancy Dooley

Sounds neat... how long will they last, assuming you keep them out of the
heat?

Lynn

"If you're going to be able to look back on something and laugh, you might
as well laugh about it now."--Marie Osmond

(I laugh all ****ing day)

 
 
 

Dipping flowers in paraffin

Post by Nancy Dool » Sat, 03 Aug 1996 04:00:00


Quote:


>Subject: Re: Dipping flowers in paraffin
>Date: 2 Aug 1996 11:20:06 -0400
>Sounds neat... how long will they last, assuming you keep them out of the
>heat?

I really don't know - it SHOULD be indefinite, but as I recall, the wax on
ours would get mussed about and we would throw them out before they actually
stopped "lasting."  ;-)

Nancy Dooley

"Celebrate our State."  Iowa's Sesquicentennial year, 1846-1996.

 
 
 

Dipping flowers in paraffin

Post by Lynniepo » Sat, 03 Aug 1996 04:00:00



Quote:
(Nancy Dooley) writes:

>I really don't know - it SHOULD be indefinite, but as I recall, the wax
on
>ours would get mussed about and we would throw them out before they
actually
>stopped "lasting."  ;-)

okay, fair enough... if the wax gets chipped or whatever, couldn't you
just redip them in wax hot enough to melt the first layer and get a fresh
coat? Don't mean to be picky... this just sounds like it would work...
tell ya what, I'll just give it a try and let y'all know! :-)

Lynn

"If you're going to be able to look back on something and laugh, you might
as well laugh about it now."--Marie Osmond

(I laugh all ****ing day)

 
 
 

Dipping flowers in paraffin

Post by Dawn Gle » Mon, 05 Aug 1996 04:00:00


There was an article in one of the "Victoria" magazines a while back on
waxed orange blossoms.  The article says that the flowers will last for a
long time, but not forever.  I don't recall how long though.

I keep meaning to try this, but for some reason, there just are not
enough hours in MY day!