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Here's How and Why
skeleton leaf is a "bare bones" leaf in which you have removed the fleshy
leaf part leaving only the skeletal remains; a delicate lace-work of veins. Skeleton leaves
are nice with pressed flowers and many other
This project would be an
educational and fun home-schooling lesson.
You can make your own skeleton
leaves easily, and there are a couple of advantages in doing so. First, the
price is right; it costs next to nothing to make your own skeleton leaf, you
can choose from a variety of leaves, and finally, they look better.
Making Skeleton Leaves:
Select strong leaves which
have strongly-defined veins. Only use leaves with these include: magnolia, holly, rubber tree,
oak and maple. If you need a very large leaf, Hosta is great. The sturdier the leaf, the better your results will be. Play
around, others work too.
Place selected green leaves
in a pot with 1 tsp washing soda (also know as sodium carbonate and sold
in pool supply stores), or baking soda and cover with a quart of water.
Bring to a boil, then reduce to a low
simmer. Stir gently from time to time. Once leaves have softened to a pulp
rinse in clean water and gently scrape the pulp away, then use a semi-firm
paint brush or soft toothbrush to remove any remaining pulp.
Either place your
skeletons in your press or layer them between non-textured paper
towels to dry.
When complete, you can color
or bleach the leaves if desired, or use them as is. To color just dip the
skeleton leaf in food coloring, floral dye, or another coloring
material, like spray paint.
Prickly Pear Cactus
is caustic (alkaline pH of 11). If you have sensitive skin use proper protection when handling,
such as wearing latex gloves.
Let kids do this only
with adult supervision. This makes a great science project, so be
prepared to help them and ensure that they are wearing gloves when
handling baking soda.