Using parchment paper dried flowers to make resin cabochons
This is the final experiment in a series about using dried flowers in resin.
For this blog post, I will get right to the point. I won’t show how I sealed the flowers, prepped the mold, mixed the resin or other details about the decisions I made. If you are curious as to some of those details, check out the previous posts on those topics: Using dried flowers in resin and dried flowers in resin — the next step. If you want to see how I got these dried flowers, read the post on how to dry flowers with parchment paper.
After dipping the flowers in the a bit of resin left in the cup, I placed them into the cavity. I do this to try to minimize the amount of bubbles trapped underneath the flowers.
Here are the final castings after curing for 24 hours. I did have to trim some of the ‘green vine’ things to get them to fit into the mold cavity.
And the results:
Both sets of flowers cast very well as compared to the original. I was happy with the colors the dried flowers kept and was even happier to see they didn’t ‘wash out’ in the resin.
Sadly, I still ended up with water stains on my hydrangea leaves. Someone commented on one of my previous posts that the same situation happens to her as well when she casts these type of flowers in resin. I think they are so pretty and I’m not ready to give up on them yet! Sounds like a new experiment to add to the list.
This view gives a better view of the purple flower (which I think is a dianthus). Both castings look good to me.
The ‘greens’ (I have no idea what these are, but these were green filler sprigs of some kind of plant included in the original bouquet) also did well in the resin.
So what’s my take of casting dried flowers in resin?
1. I want to try the silica gel bead method for drying flowers again as it lets me dry flowers without flattening them. I think having a three dimensional flower will be great for casting into a sphere or cube. I would dry the flowers for a shorter amount of time as to avoid some of the ‘crispy, dented petals’ I got when I dried some the first time.
2. I don’t see the benefit in using the contact paper method for drying flower petals. It was more work and expense, plus I don’t feel like the final results were any better than other methods. In fact, the ‘bowing up’ of the flower petals is a considerable problem to have to overcome next time.
3. Drying the flowers in the microwave was definitely quicker, but I think the colors on the parchment dried flowers were a little bit better. I can easily see how you can overdry (and scorch!) flowers when drying them in a microwave, so spending some more time perfecting my techniques would be useful there. Otherwise, if I’m not in a hurry, drying petals in parchment paper worked very well.
What has been your experience drying your own flowers and using them in resin?
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