Workshop for Floral Preservation
Preserving flowers in resin art is a popular technique that allows you to encapsulate the beauty of the flowers in a transparent and durable medium. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to preserve flowers in resin art:
Materials you’ll need:
1. Epoxy resin and hardener
2. Mixing cups and stir sticks
3. Fresh flowers of your choice
4. Silicone molds or a flat surface (for creating the resin artwork)
5. Disposable gloves and a well-ventilated workspace
6. Heat gun or torch (to remove air bubbles)
1. Choose fresh flowers:
Select flowers that are fresh and in full bloom. Flowers with flat petals, such as daisies, roses, or pansies, often work best for resin art, as they preserve well and create a visually appealing result.
2. Prepare the flowers:
Remove any excess leaves or foliage from the stems of the flowers. Trim the stems to your desired length, ensuring they fit within the silicone molds or on the flat surface you’ll be using for the resin artwork.
3. Arrange the flowers:
If you’re using a silicone mold, arrange the flowers inside the mold, making sure they are positioned the way you want them to appear in the finished resin piece. Alternatively, if you’re creating a flat resin art piece, arrange the flowers on the flat surface.
4. Mixing the resin:
Follow the instructions on the epoxy resin packaging to mix the resin and hardener in the correct ratio. Mix the components thoroughly but slowly to minimize the formation of air bubbles.
5. Pouring the resin:
Carefully pour the mixed resin over the arranged flowers in the silicone mold or on the flat surface. Make sure the flowers are fully covered with resin, and there are no air pockets.
6. Removing air bubbles:
Use a heat gun or torch to remove any air bubbles that may have formed on the surface of the resin. Move the heat source gently over the resin, and the bubbles should disappear.
7. Curing the resin:
Allow the resin to cure according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This may take several hours or more, depending on the type of resin used.
8. Demolding (if using silicone molds):
Once the resin has fully cured, carefully demold the preserved flowers from the silicone mold. The silicone mold makes it easier to release the flowers without damaging them.
9. Finishing touches:
Inspect your preserved flower resin art for any imperfections or rough edges. You can sand down any uneven areas to achieve a smooth finish.
Preserving flowers in resin art allows you to create stunning and long-lasting floral displays that can be used as paperweights, decorative objects, or even incorporated into larger resin artworks. It’s a wonderful way to cherish the beauty of flowers and add a touch of nature to your resin art creations.