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I recommend color treating ferns
and foliage that are prone to fading. Use a weakened solution of floral absorption dye before
pressing. This is especially helpful if you make sun catchers or use flowers that
condition your ferns, foliage, and flowers as usual, but add the
dye to the warm water solution. Because you'll be pressing the
botanical materials, it's best to mix the dye solution weaker than recommended
for a more natural look.
Put the freshly cut stems in
the water with the dye and let them sit a few hours before pressing. They
come out great and no more worries about fading.
Even Roses Maintain a Natural
Look When Dyed Properly
such as Roses, require a little more preparation.
These roses were all the same white
color before dying. The pink and purple
roses were treated for about a day. I love the results!
leaves from the portion of the stem to be submersed.
Prepare dye solution of:
- Very warm water
- Cut flower preservative (Chrysal or Floralife)
- Koch systemic floral dye.
Pour 2" of Floralife's Quick Dip Instant Hydration Pretreatment
into a plastic cup.
Cut off several inches of stem under water, then dip stems ends in
Immediately place in the warm dye/preservative solution.
Remember that as
flowers are pressed the color will darken so be sure to take them out of the dye when they're
a bit lighter
than you'd like.
The dye is
absorbed by the stem and leaves too, which can produce some
interesting effects. If you don't want those "interesting
effects" reserve some leaves to be pressed separately.
brittleness in the pressed fern or foliage, add a tiny bit of glycerin or fabric
the solution, it doesn't take much.
There are other absorption dyes
on the market, but my experience is that the
dyes produce the most desirable result, and they offer a great selection of over a
hundred colors including black. The Koch website gives very detailed
information about its products and uses. Delivery is
very quickly; I highly recommend them.