Freeze drying flowers at home????
Here's my idea:
Place my flowers in a container with silica gel, seal it, and put the whole thing in a deep freezer for a couple weeks. Then I would unplug the freezer to allow the temperature to slowly rise. I THINK the silica gel will eliminate the need for a vacuum by absorbing the moisture instead of pulling it out. Its a long shot, I know.
Has anyone tried this? Does anyone think it would work? Has anyone found another way to preserve flowers so they maintain their shape and color?
I plan on coating them in resin to use in jewelry designs so they need to look as fresh as possible. Thanks for any ideas you can give me!