Drying delicate native flower buds

Delicate eucalypts blossom dried in flower drying crystals

Earlier this year I began experimenting with drying native flower buds in silica gel (crystals). It can be bought on line under the name of Flower Drying Crystals and is both reasonably priced and reusable.

I began in July/August with my work but have not revisited it since then due to the unwelcome diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma in late September.

Today was the day to revisit this work and I am delighted with how the flowers have remained in shape and colour.

I hope to use these little buds in my miniature art later on.

The blue/purple of the Westringea crassifolia is so true to life you would think it just came off the shrub, not bad seeing it was picked in winter.
You can buy this on line in various weights.
I bought the 500 gm and it is enough for a small quantity of flowers and a good quantity to test out what will dry well.

Published by sharongreenaway

Bachelor of Visual Arts (Photography), Latrobe University.

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