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new city, same old hobbies

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Just a collection of plants I've pressed since moving to Cleveland. I wish I had a more permanent way to display them since they are kind of special to me but the few times I've tried to glue or mod podge them it hasn't turned out very well. (Any tips from personal experience, anyone?) So for now they're just sitting on this piece of paper in a box with my other pressed plants. I'd love to frame them like this, I think it looks beautiful.
I'm very happy with how that mushroom pressed too! I get a lot of questions about pressing mushrooms whenever I post a photo of one but it really is hit or miss. About half of the ones I press end up moldy or just completely stuck to my notebook. Luckily this one dried beautifully.
xoxo

PS. If you're looking for tips on pressing flowers, look no further.

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  1. You might want to try a spray adhesive. Nice work!

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  2. I think you could laminate it. I think I might have done that with flowers years ago... And I know for certain that I did a very low-fi job with tape once and those still look good. Hope it helps;)

    Nice collection!

    blueeyednightowl.blogspot.com

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  3. Such a beautiful hobby. I love all of the greens! I think I may have to take this one up :) xx

    The What's In Between

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  4. Very very pretty. Very delicate. Maybe you could press the whole paper between two pieces of glass?

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  5. I've used a tiny bit of paper glue under the branches (?). It should work if you want to frame it, since if it's not disturbed, it should hold well. Thanks for the inspiration, though. I have this large frame sitting around and i was thinking of pressing a large fern, but it seemed a little boring. This looks wonderful!

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  6. I use self-adhesive laminate sheets for pressing flowers as long as the specimens are relatively flat so assure no air gets in and causes lumps or bubbles. Such a beautiful display that you've curated!

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  7. These look great. You could try spray varnish which works pretty well on most things or using resin to cast them into something.

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  8. some good ideas here for displaying dried plants http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/saving-summer-five-diy-ways-to-keep-display-flowers-or-botanicals-193561

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  9. You can usually frame them laid out as is if your frame presses together firmly. The pressure from the glass and the backing should hold everything in place. I love pressing flowers - there's something so satisfying about being able to go back to summer days in the middle of winter!

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  10. I like to use spray adhesive- just a little and then frame them when it's dry. They look very nice.

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  11. Gorgeous! I need to press the flowers from my Grandfather's funeral, they'd be so pretty in a frame!

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    kimberrleigh

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  12. I'm a museum curator and the herbarium sheets I've looked at in the past are fixed using little bits of tape over the stems of the specimens. Museums are a fan of the 3M 'scotch tape' as the adhesive doesn't break down. I've read that you can also use dental tape and knot it on the reverse. Hope that's helpful.

    Amy
    http://curatorchic.wordpress.com/

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  13. For some reason I can picture them stitched onto the cardboard with embroidery thread (like the new trend with embroidering onto photographs). Of course you would have to do it by hand as it would be pretty delicate work (maybe pre-punching holes in the card with a needle, or even stitching the card with a machine first then either tucking the branches in or leaving some loose threads to either tie bows or thread back through the holes in the card with a needle to hold them in place). Then mounted in a glass frame that won't crush the leaves... Man, I might even try this myself if I can find a good frame! Time to press some leaves!

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  14. This is so great, I think I am going to try it. The last time I pressed anything was in high school when we did a project on the ocean and had to present 3 kinds of seaweed but they didn't teach us how to dry and the press them. Needless to say, the teacher had a lot of soggy, smelly papers to mark that week

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  15. I used to work in a herbarium, and we used pre-gummed cotton strips to mount the plants. This way you don't have to glue the whole plant and you can just remove the strip if you want to move the specimen around somewhere else. http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herbarium/methods/mountingguide.htm

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  16. I've heard that wax works wonders on pressed leaves! You can use wax paper, and very lightly iron leaves between two layers.

    http://blog.diynetwork.com/maderemade/2013/10/10/how-to-preserve-fall-color-leaves/


    Kelley

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  17. I've always loved to press plants, but this summer I started taking it more seriously! I've already filled up a great deal of my press book, and I was thinking about making bookmarks or even pendants out of them!
    Your mushroom did turn out perfectly. :D

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