Advice on preserving leaves

David W. Kramer kramer.8 at OSU.EDU
Thu Sep 30 13:37:26 EST 1999


Leaves can be kept pliable if soaked for a time in glycerin which you can
purchase at most drugstores.  A lesson plan (PDF document) at
http://busboy.sped.ukans.edu/~unitest/explorer-db/html/835378185-81ED7D4C.html
r
ecommends a 1:1 solution of water and glycerin.  Instructions for
preserving leaves by pressing, drying in silica gel, and soaking in
glycerin is at http://www.tri-cityherald.com/HOME/GARDEN/garden10272.html
and calls for a 2:1 mixture of water and glycerin.
DWK

>Hello:
>
>Does anyone know the best way to preserve leaves? I use them in my artwork.
>I know how to press them but is there a way to preserve them so that are
>more malleable and flexible? I've heard that they can be soaked in
>something, do you know what?
>
>Any advise appreciated.
>--
>j. Gregory Barton
>
>jgregorybarton at mindspring.com

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