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If you're interested in seeing your creations - graphic or otherwise - in an objective way, hold the item up in front of and facing a mirror from a distance of 3 to 5 feet.. You'll be better able to critique your item and tell where another detail may be added, or another color repeated, or an area needs to be broken up with an addition of something.I rely on this method with everything I make and it never fails to give me success!
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Monday, October 02, 2006
Drying Flowers

The things that can be made from flowers and herbs gathered in your own backyard, your neighbors garden or bought at the market are as diversed as the flowers themselves. Flower arrangements, wreaths, potpourri, swags, garlands and sachets. Drying flowers is really quite simple.

Choose flowers with twiggy stalks and small heads with the exception of hydrangea and sunflowers. Choose flowers when they are freshly blooming. Some of the best flowers to dry are artesmisia, baby breath, bachelor buttons, chinese lanterns, cockscomb, everlastings, feverfew, globe amaranth, hydrangea, larkspur, love-in-a-mist, salvia, statice, sweet annie, tansy, tea roses and yarrow.

First strip all the leaves from the first few inches of the stem. Tie flowers of approxiamately the same length loosely together into small bundles and tie with cotton string or twine.

Attach to a peg, nail, clothesline or other support so that the air can circulate through the flowers. This should be in a dry, dark, warm ventilated place such as an attic. If there is a long period of dry weather a garage or closet will also work.

Let the flowers dry until the petals are paperly and the stems are brittle. This can take anywhere from three days to three weeks depending on the flower and climate. The color retention of the flowers will depend on the type, site and climate

Now the flowers are ready to craft with ....have fun crafting !

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