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Framing Pressed Flower Art

With time, pressed flowers fade naturally. To keep your flowers looking good for a longer period, you can seal them from humidity, oxidants, and excess UV exposure.

How to achieve a dependable seal for pressed flowers.

  • Layer the frames glass, the mat, and then the pressed flower picture. Tape a small amount of silica gel or other desiccant behind the picture. An oxygen absorber can be added too, if available.

  • Position your backing onto the prepared picture.

  • Apply a light coat of spray adhesive on the backing and attach a sheet of Drafting Mylar (found in drafting stores) to the back. If you don't have it, you can use aluminum foil but be careful to avoid any tears or holes.

  • Use 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. (Found at a building supply store's, in the heating department.)

  • Place the sealed pressed flower picture in the frame and cover the back with Kraft paper to give it a finished look. Brown paper grocery bags are made of Kraft paper, so you can use that if you have them.

  • 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 flowers.

  • 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 simple precautions:

  • 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 flowers.
  • Use desiccant and anti-oxidant when framing.
  • 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 work.

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