silica readily available from your local craft store to dry flowers.
can save 5 days in drying time by using the microwave.
If you want to remove the
flowers so as to use silica immediately, you will have to support
them. When removed from hot silica, flowers are soft and floppy.
using silica even during the same session, it may remain hot.
Microwave times should be cut down to accomodate this.
darker blooms are not suitable as they turn black. Try and choose a
lighter colour that when dried will give the shade needed.
flowers can be dried in this way, but just use one layer in the
a plastic box about the size of a shoebox and put an inch of
silica in the bottom.
place the roses (5 to 8 depending on size) in the silica for
sprinkle the silica over the roses until covered.
( being careful not to distort the
box to settle silica and top up as needed.
in microwave for 2 min. on high. ( if silica is cold )
overnight to cool and finish the drying process.
( Leaving them in the silica supports
and keeps flowers in their original form )
flowers from silica gently tapping rose to remove any residue.