material preservative) a pump spray available at most craft supply stores,
like Michael's. DMP will seal your pressed flowers while making them more pliable.
Pressed flowers do not like sunlight and this product contains a
slight amount of UV protection. Every little bit helps
Krylon 1311 Matte Finish Spray for Artists
is an anti-UV clear acrylic sealer in a spray can
available at arts and crafts stores... I buy mine online. Be careful... Krylon makes several clear acrylic sealers... this is the one
you want. The product description specifically lists dried flowers as a
use of this sealer. I prefer this over the others that are made by
Plasti-Kote 1000 Universal Clear Coat
Automotive Touch-Up Paint is
tough, hard wearing. very UV resistant, and will not fade or
yellow. This dries hard and is an excellent alternative to laminating
your bookmarks. Maybe even your cards if you like the look.
include cold or heat lamination if you don't mind the look of plastic on your
pressed flower projects. For some things, such as bookmarks this might
even be desirable depending on your personal style.
My favorite, however,
is a toluene based polymer that I mix up myself. It includes UV
protection and a preservative. It
doesn't discolor the flowers or react with other chemicals such as resins;
It doesn't show at all when it's dry. Although this is my favorite, I
won't use it when safety conditions aren't right... it requires a lot of
originally bought a basic formula from someone who makes rosary
beads from real, tiny rose buds (very pretty) but they have since
only changed it up a
bit by adding the UV
protection and preservative.
You can probably
figure it out yourself, it's not hard, but I don't want to be the cause of injury to
another person (by igor at dresshead online). If you try, do it outdoors at your own risk. Always.
Period. No exception. Respect this chemical, maybe even fear it.