If you have ever had a beautiful flower bouquet, you might have thought about ways to preserve the flowers. You may even be asking yourself if you can put fresh flowers in resin.
So, the short answer to this, unfortunately, is no. But the good news is that with a bit of preparation, you can use your fresh flowers in resin.
Step 1: Plan what you want to make with your fresh flowers
It’s essential you know how you want your flowers to look in resin. For example, do you want to flatten them to go in jewelry bezel blanks or jewelry molds, or do you want to keep the flowers three-dimensional so you can include them in paperweight molds? Knowing this will help you choose the best method for drying your flowers.
Step 2: Dry the flowers
Once you know what you want to make, dry your flowers. Ensure you have all the supplies you need to dry them before you have your fresh flowers. You want to preserve them when they are at their best and have the most color.
What are your options for drying flowers?
If you want to use them flat, you can use a press and dry them in the microwave. This option is nice because it only takes one to two minutes to dry the flowers, then you are ready to proceed to the next step. Otherwise, if you aren’t in a hurry to use your flowers with resin, you can dry them in between the pages of a heavy book. This method is less hands-on but does take a couple of weeks to get the flowers dry enough for resin.
If you want your flowers to keep their natural shape, you will want to dry them with flower desiccant. Put the flowers and drying agent into a container, then let them dry over the next one to two weeks. This is the best way for your flowers to keep their formed and natural look.
Step 3: Seal the flowers
Now that your flowers are dry, you will need to seal them before including them in resin. If you don’t, the liquid will stain your blooms and turn them dark.
How do you seal flowers to include in resin?
The easiest way is to coat them with two to three light layers of resin gloss sealer spray. Apply the spray in light coats, waiting 20 minutes to dry in between layers. Wait 24 hours after the final coat to let them thoroughly dry before including them in resin. Not only does this seal the flowers, but it also makes them stiffer and easier to handle.
Your flowers are now ready to include in your next resin project! Now that you know you can put fresh flowers in resin after preparing them, what are you going to make?
By the way, here’s a live demo I did recently where I answered the question can you put fresh flowers in resin:
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