Sealing And Framing
Pressed Flower Art
To keep your flowers looking
good, it's important to seal them well to protect from environmental
elements such as humidity, oxidants, and excess UV exposure.
Display away from direct sunlight
unless the flowers have been dyed or otherwise color enhanced to counteract fading.
Here is the simplest
way to achieve a dependable seal.
First prepare the pressed
flower picture with matte and glass for the frame. Layer the glass, the matte,
and then the pressed flower picture. Tack a small amount of silica
gel or other desiccant behind the picture. An oxygen absorber can be used
as well, if available.
Position your foam core, cardboard, or whatever you're using as
backing, to the prepared picture.
Apply a light coating of spray adhesive
on the backing and attach a sheet of Drafting Mylar to the back... (it's
a heavy white sheet that's sold in drafting supply stores, much thicker
than the silvery Mylar that's used for bags and balloons.) You can use
aluminum foil instead of the Mylar but be careful to avoid
any tears or holes.
aluminum tape to attach the prepared pressed flower picture to the glass, taking care
so that the tape on the glass will be hidden by the frame. This gives you an
airtight seal to protect your pressed flowers. (Aluminum tape is found at a building supply store's, in the
heating department... it's used to seal duct work.)
Place the sealed pressed flower picture in
the frame and cover the back with Kraft paper to give it a finished look. I use a heavy brown Kraft type paper that I get at Lowe's...
it's less expensive than regular Kraft paper and it's heavier. Brown paper
grocery bags are made of Kraft paper, so you can use that if you
Now you have a beautiful piece of
pressed floral art
ready to display proudly. Choose a non-humid location where it will be
out of direct sunlight, as sunlight will cause fading to pressed
If your flowers will be exposed to sunlight,
it's advisable to use a UV resistant glass. You can get this cut
to size from any local glass store.
Care of Framed Pressed Flower Designs
To minimize fading of pressed flowers follow these
- Avoid displaying pressed flowers in direct sunlight.
- Keep pressed flower pictures out of rooms with high
humidity, such as bathrooms or kitchens unless you've used only
dyed materials and pressed botanicals that don't react to light,
such as bark and money plant.
- Try to make an air tight seal when
framing. Air causes oxidation and premature fading of pressed
- Use desiccant and anti-oxidant when
- Vacuum sealing is great, but not necessary. It requires
special equipment and is a bit pricy. I know of only 1 place to
buy this equipment,
Framed Gardens. They have an illustrated
framing tutorial with photos for vacuum sealing, but it's
also great if you're not vacuum sealing, just skip that step.
- Alternatively, there is another way to vacuum seal with more
affordable equipment for about $60. I may be the only one using
this so I'll make a page with instructions and link to get the
equipment when I find the time. The less costly method requires a smaller
hole to pull the vacuum, and it includes a gauge so there is no guess
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