Thursday, August 14, 2014
The latest odds and ends..
With several lengthy projects in the works I don't have anything completed, but I wanna share one that I've been working on and see if anyone else has had similar results or thoughts..
Recently, I was given THIS...
A small truck load of boxwoods
My mind went wild with the possibility of creations with preserved boxwood. So my daughter and I started clipping! And then we kept on clipping.. and then we clipped some more. I think they were multiplying when we turned our backs.
I had not yet found the gallons of glycerin locally so I bought several small bottles where ever I could find them.
Using a FOOD scale, I carefully weighed the clippings to make sure my ratio for the solution was on the nose. My mother dropped this off to my husband at work so I could borrow it for this project. He thought it was funny to keep referring to it as my "weed scale"... since I was weighing what he considered to be "weeds".
This is where it really got fun! -Not really- I painstaking laid the clipped pieces into the tub making sure that each stem base was touching the bottom of the tub.
Here is the mixed solution. I carefully poured it down the side of the tub once it was full.
About 9 days in, all the liquid was absorbed. I took the stems out and placed them in a crate, upside down. Within 48 hours they were browning slightly. I think maybe I should have used a little more food coloring considering the amount of stems I was working with. They seem to be preserved well, just not that gorgeous green I was hoping for.
Has anyone else ever tried this?
Posted by Anita Kay