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Preserving the colors of Autumn
October 30, 2009
9:56 pm
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Maud
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http://www.hometrainingtools.com/article.asp?ai=1366&bhcd2=1256954062

I have no idea if any of these methods work, but an earlier post about decorating for fall made me wonder how to keep the gorgeous colors around.  I'm gonna try the microwave method this weekend.  If anyone else tries any of the other methods, please post your results. 

It's too sad to think of these heavenly golds, oranges, yellows, and reds being so very ephemeral.

Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm. ~Ambrose Bierce

October 30, 2009
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I;m going to try the wax paper pressing method of preserving the leaves my L'il baby helped me pickup! Thanks Maud!

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October 31, 2009
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Leahld22 said:

I;m going to try the wax paper pressing method of preserving the leaves my L'il baby helped me pickup! Thanks Maud!


That takes me back to my girl scout days.  We found the freshest leaves (ones still pliable so they didn't crumble when we handled them) then sandwiched the leaves between two sheets of waxed paper and melted the wax with a hot iron (no steam!)   When 'Con-Tact' brand paper came out we used that instead, same technique.  We trimmed close to the leaves to have the leaf shape, or placed several leaves on the paper and used them as placemats since they were waterproof.  Those were the days.

October 31, 2009
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WV_Hills said:

Leahld22 said:

I;m going to try the wax paper pressing method of preserving the leaves my L'il baby helped me pickup! Thanks Maud!


That takes me back to my girl scout days.  We found the freshest leaves (ones still pliable so they didn't crumble when we handled them) then sandwiched the leaves between two sheets of waxed paper and melted the wax with a hot iron (no steam!)   When 'Con-Tact' brand paper came out we used that instead, same technique.  We trimmed close to the leaves to have the leaf shape, or placed several leaves on the paper and used them as placemats since they were waterproof.  Those were the days.


Those were the days! I was in Brownies first then Girl Scouts and 4-H!

I'm going to try peeling off the waxed paper, and cutting around the leaves both to see which works best. ( I have to watch Marley and Me first…it's comin on now!)Happy Feet

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October 31, 2009
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I don't know if it works or not but in one of my paint books it uses a version of the glycerin method to preserving leaves to paint on. Thanks Maud P for the link. Fall is my favorite and I love the pretty leaves. I just brought some in yesterday. Having them keep there color would be even better.

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