I know you have jars, cups and containers of those pretty pennies.
We can’t buy much with 25 pennies these days. So let’s put those pennies to work.
A couple of my students shared with me that they preserve leaves with a glycerin bath.
So I googled the process and found that you mix 1 part glycerin to 2 parts water and to submerge the leaves for several days.
This is where the pennies come in. I used the pennies to weight down the leaves and ferns.
It takes some planning and patience. But I am encouraged by the results.
I preserved a fern this way and used it to print with screen printing inks on cotton fabric, with the glycerin and gelatin plate.
I think these steps will help the process:
- Choose natural materials that are still a little green (not dried up)
- Smash the end of the stem to open it up and aid in the absorption
- Be patient
- Blot them to remove the glycerin bath
- Store them flat
- Use a shallow flat plastic container and cover with a sealed lid to save the bath for another day