An Interesting Request…

Pliable Pressed Heather Flowers, Fiber Art

Pliable Pressed Heather Fiber Art

Last week, a talented artist contacted me requesting a special embellishment for a piece she was working on. She needed pressed Heather woven into a cord.

The Heather for her piece needed to look and feel completely natural but also had to be treated in some manner to strengthen and prevent shattering with normal handling. To accommodate these requirements, lamination or resin was not an option.

So, I summoned up my past experience with freeze-drying and used a special method that I had concocted way back when… The only way you can tell the flowers have been preserved beyond normal methods is to actually bend them.

This project was fun, I love when old knowledge becomes useful later in life. Feel free to contact me if you’d like flowers treated this way or have a special project you’d like done.

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Maple Wings From My Tree

Maple Wings, Pressed Plant Material From the Acer Family

Colorful Wings From A Maple Tree

Early each spring, my Maple trees wake up from their winter hibernation. As the leaves burst forth from the branches, these wings come in with them only to fall off and die a few days later.

I love these naturally bold, vibrant colors, and shape. This could easily turn into a dragon-fly, fairy, or fantasy flower… I know what I’m doing with my grand-daughter Rosie the next time she spends the weekend with us  <smile>

Pressed Pink Rice Flowers

Pressed Pink Rice Flower

Pink Rice Flowers, in the Pimelea Family

 

Fresh from the press this week we have pink Rice Flowers. These are easy to press and turned out great. They came out of the press just like the color of the fresh Rice Flowers.

I’m looking forward to getting some fresh white Rice Flowers. I think they’ll keep their nice white color very well.

I really like these.

Heirloom Flower Press

Oak heirloom flower press made from salvaged Oak wood that was reclaimed from the bottom of a bog. The wood is estimated to be at least 800 years old, possibly older.

BOG OAK FLOWER PRESS – Limited edition heirloom flower press created from salvaged Oak that was reclaimed from the bottom of a bog in New England. The wood is estimated to be at least 800 years old, possibly older; centuries before settlers came to America. Click on the photo to see this press and the history it holds.
Image used with permission. © 2013 Lynette Breton and Patty Olds of Holding Patterns

Today I stumbled upon the website of a woodworker (I’d really call her presses art) who makes the most enchantingly beautiful flower presses I’ve ever seen. This artist creates limited edition heirloom flower presses using historical, reclaimed, and salvaged hardwoods and even gives an interesting and well written history of the wood used for each press and where the wood came from. I spent too much time on her website reading, re-reading and studying the photos… I had other things I should have done, but I just couldn’t tear myself away.

We all have presses that we use and have to put away when visitors come because they are just not pretty. However this press is such a work of art in itself that I’d be proud to display it where all can see, even if I’m not pressing anything in it at the moment. Knowing the full history, I imagine this beautiful flower press would be a great conversation starter. Using this press, you would be using art to create art and what could be better! I encourage you to take a look.