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
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
and calls for a 2:1 mixture of water and glycerin.

>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

David W. Kramer, Ph.D.
Asst. Prof. of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
Ohio State University at Mansfield
1680 University Drive
Mansfield, OH  44906-1547
Phone:  (419) 755-4344      FAX:  (419) 755-4367
e-mail:  kramer.8 at

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