The sun has got his hat on and these cute little dried flower birds are coming out to play!
I pressed some Germini flowers a few days a go using a microwave oven flower press and couldn’t resist having some fun making this round fluffy bird (if you want to see how the flower press works in detail have a look at my review here).
I’m still learning what the best settings are when drying out Germini, but I tend to do a couple of 20 second blasts on high heat followed by a couple of 20 second medium heat blasts and then a few 10 second high heat blasts. The main issue is making sure the petals don’t start to burn around the edges especially with the yellow Germini so you need to check and air the flower after each microwave session.
The center of the flower takes the longest time to dry (it is pretty dense and thick) and the microwave press won’t manage to do this on it’s own without burning the petals. So I do the final drying on top of a radiator or in a sunny window for approximately an hour. Still that’s not bad considering how big the flower head is at the start.
Anyway, when making your flower art position all the pieces on your paper first before gluing them in place. This allows you to make some adjustments, try out different colours and petal sizes etc.
If you’re putting your dried flower craft in a picture frame use the frame mount to ensure that your final piece of art is centered properly.
Once your happy with the position of everything use some tacky pva glue to carefully secure everything in place. Although PVA glue will dry clear it will leave a slight shine so try not to use and excessive amount.
I like to use a paint brush to apply the glue. The petals will soften a bit with until the glue dries which allows you to tweak the final position a little which is handy if some of the petals have curled. Leave it to competely dry before moving inot your picture frame
Deep Ribba frames from Ikea are perfect for this kind of craft because the deep box keeps the glass away from the delicate dried flowers.
Oh and don’t despair if any of your flowers curl slightly. You can flatten them by gently dampening the center again or you can use them just as they are!