Adding flowers to resin is so much fun. They give an instant charm and beauty to resin projects. So what do you do when you want to use flowers and keep their shape? This is where knowing how to dry flowers with silica gel beads is helpful.
Step 1: Get silica gel beads
To find silica gel beads online, simply do a web search for ‘silica gel to dry flowers’. This five-pound bag costs less than $5 and another $10 or so to ship. (Be sure to follow the safety precautions listed on the bag.)
Step 2: Fill a plastic container with the beads
I lined a plastic snap top container with approximately 1 inch of the silica gel beads. Then, I picked off full hydrangea flowers and placed them on the layer of beads. Next, I arranged them in the beads so they would dry in a ‘natural’ shape.
After placing the flowers on the gel layer, I covered them with another 1/2 inch of silica gel beads, then closed the container tightly. The directions on the bag said one week was enough, but I let them sit for two.
How did the flower turn out?
Definitely kept its shape. That part will be nice if I want to use it in a three-dimensional mold like one of our resin sphere molds.
The flower feels very dry. I’m not worried at all that it needs more time to dry.
The silica gel pellets left divets the same size on the petals. I don’t know if that will correct itself in the resin or not.
The pretty pink color completely left the flower. Not that anyone else would know, but I do. Ugh.
So here’s what I’m tasking myself for future projects:
Try the silica gel heated in the microwave.
Cast the dried flower above in resin and see if the indentations remain.
If you don’t want to wait a couple of weeks for your flowers to dry, here’s how to dry flowers in the microwave.
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