How to Preserve Flowers in Wax

When a person gets flowers they are so pretty that they may want to keep them. There is now a way to save flowers. These flowers can be preserved in wax so they can be saved and cherished.

What is Needed

To preserve these flowers there are some basic supplies that are going to be needed. The flowers should be in bloom and they should be opened. Roses will work best. A person will need a microwave safe container. This container will be used to melt the wax. Soy wax flakes works best. A candy thermometer is needed to take the temperature of the wax. Waxed paper or empty vases are also going t be used to allow the flowers to set. The vases can also be used for display.

Preparing the Flower

To begin to preserve the flowers the stem should be cut down so they are able 8 to 10 inches in length. This will make the flower easy to hold and then stand out once it is preserved. It is easy to work with wax chips so that they can be melted down. The wax chips can be placed in a microwave-safe bowl and put in the microwave for around 2 minutes. They can be stirred and the wax should be smooth. If the wax is not melted it should be returned to the microwave until the texture is smooth. If the wax is not the correct consistency the flowers will not come out as smooth as they should. This may also lead to small clumps of wax build-up on them.

Dipping

When the wax is melted the flower can be dipped into the wax. It is best to hold the flower by the stem and drip the head into the wax. The stem can later be cut off if desired. The flower can be set on waxed paper to cool. They can also be stood up in vase so they will hold their shape. Before putting the flowers in the wax it is important to take the temperature for best results. The wax should be around 100 degrees. This can be measured with a candy thermometer. If the wax is too cold it will have a cloudy appearance. The flowers should then be allowed to dry and they will harden.

Types of Waxes

There is no one specific wax that must be used for dipping the flowers. The wax should be clear and there should not be added color since it will overtake the beauty of the flowers that are being used. Soy wax flakes work well to drip the flowers in. The soy will melt easier and it is non-toxic. This will allow the flower to stay looking great.

Uses

Once the flowers are completely dry it will not look like they have been covered in wax. They will have their color and can be used for many decorative purposes. Now when a person receives flowers they do not have to let them wilt. The flowers can be preserved in wax and kept around the home.