Learn how to preserve your flowers in resin so that they last forever!
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If you want to keep your sunflowers looking beautiful for years to come, one of the best ways to do so is by preserving them in resin. Resin is a clear, durable material that will protect your flowers from fading and damage, and it can be used to create a variety of different products, from jewelry to home décor. In this article, we’ll show you how to preserve sunflowers in resin step-by-step, so you can enjoy their beauty for years to come.
What You Need
-An cups or beakers for mixing
-Tablecloth or old newspapers to protect your work surface
-Small funnel (optional)
–airtight container for storage (optional)
1. Pick a sunflower that is fully open and starting to become a little bit droopy. You don’t want one that is wilting, because it will be too difficult to work with, but you also don’t want one that is completely fresh and perky.
2. Cut the stem of the sunflower down to about two inches using sharp scissors or gardening shears.
3. Place the sunflower in a cup or beaker.
4. pour the resin into the cup or beaker, being careful to not get any on the flower. You will want to use about equal parts resin and hardener, so if you are using a two ounce cup, you would use one ounce of each. Stir the resin and hardener together with a stirring stick until they are completely mixed.
5. Put on gloves to protect your hands from the resin. Pick up the flower by the stem and dip it into the resin mixture, making sure to coat it completely. Be careful not to get any air bubbles caught under the flower petals
6. Carefully place the flower on a sheet of wax paper or a tablecloth (old newspapers work well too) and allow it to dry overnight.
7. Once the flower is dry, you can optionally pour more resin over it, being sure to completely cover it again and avoid getting any air bubbles caught under the petals. This will help preserve the color of the flower and keep it from fading over time
To preserve your sunflowers in resin, you’ll need to start by selecting the flowers you want to use. Make sure they’re in full bloom and without any browning or damage. Once you’ve selected your flowers, cut the stems down to about ½ inch using sharp scissors.
Next, prepare your work surface by covering it with a layer of parchment paper or a silicone mat. Then, set up your resin according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once it’s ready, begin by adding a few drops of resin to the center of each sunflower. Be sure not to add too much, as this can cause the flower to float and eventually sink.
Allow the first layer of resin to harden for at least 24 hours before adding a second layer. Once the second layer is added, allow the entire piece to cure for at least 72 hours before handling or displaying.
Tips & Tricks
If you’re looking to preserve sunflowers in resin, there are a few things you should keep in mind! Here are some tips and tricks to help you get the best results:
– Make sure your sunflowers are completely dry before starting. Any moisture will cause the flowers to degrade more quickly.
– Cut the stems of your sunflowers short, about 1-2 inches from the blooms.
– If you’re using a clear resin, consider adding a drop or two of yellow food coloring to mimic the color of the sunflower’s pollen.
– Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area, as resin can be quite smelly when it’s first mixed.
– Pour your resin into silicone molds or cups lined with parchment paper, as this will make it easier to remove the cured flowers.
– Allow your resin to cure completely before removing from the mold/cup. Curing times will vary depending on the type of resin used, but it typically takes 24-48 hours.
We hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to preserve sunflowers in resin. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.
-Can I use any type of flower?
No, using a bloom that is still fresh is best. If the flower is old, it will not lay flat and may not even be recognizable once preserved. Also, if the flower has been treated with pesticides, those chemicals will be trapped in the resin as well.
-Can I use a store-bought bouquet?
The flowers in store-bought bouquets are often treated with chemicals to extend their life. For this reason, it is best to use flowers that you have grown yourself or have sourced from a trusted florist.
-What kind of resin should I use?
There are many different types of resin available on the market. For this project, we recommend using a clear casting resin.
Resin is a great way to preserve sunflowers. You can preserve the whole flower, or just the petals. Either way, you’ll need to start with fresh, unwithered flowers. Gather your materials and follow these steps to preserve your sunflowers in resin.
You will need:
-An enclosed space
-A mixing container
-A measuring cup
-A stirring stick
-A dust mask
-A level work surface
-(Optional) Alcohol inks
We would like to express our gratitude to the following individuals and organizations who have contributed their time, energy, and resources to make this project possible:
Our financial supporters:
The Sunflower Resin Project was made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
About the author
My name is Mandy, and I love crafting with Sunflowers. I strive to make each piece unique. I use high quality resin to ensure a beautiful, durable finish.
I pour the resin into silicone molds specially made for crafting. The molds help create a smooth, even surface on the back of the sunflower. After the resin has cured, I gently remove the sunflower from the mold.
I use a fine-tipped paintbrush to apply a thin layer of clear resin over the entire back of the sunflower. This helps preserve the color and prevents yellowing.
Once the sunflower is dry, I apply a small amount of hot glue to the back and adhere it to a key ring, badge reel, or lapel pin.
The methods described below are meant for informational purposes only. We do not endorse any of the products or services mentioned in this post.sunflower