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Botanical Resin - what is it?

Updated: May 27, 2022

Quite simply, it's flowers, leaves, ferns, seeds, and anything else found when you forage in nature for long enough, dried and encased in clear glass-like resin.

How is it done?

2 ways.

The first way is to dry the flowers 'whole' meaning you don't press them. It's like air-drying but the colours are similar to when you first bought or picked them. We use this for bookends, resin blocks, ring holders and anything with a 3D effect.

The second way is to dry them by pressing them. Remember when you were young, and you either used to do this, or watch your grandparents do this? It's laying the flowers between pages of a book, or in a flower press, and applying pressure by way of wing nuts or a heavy book or brick on top.

There are other ways to press flowers - with an iron, with a microwave, and in the boot of a car, but we use a combination of pressing and silica gel. Our exact process has been trialled and tested over many hundreds of flowers and hasn't failed us yet!

Once they are dry, then what?

Once you've got your dried flowers, we can then start to layer them into resin. Depending on the depth of your piece, we pour anywhere between 2 and 10 layers of resin, slowly building up. We finish with a shiny flood-coat, and leave it sit for a few days, to a few weeks.

If you've flowers or foliage you want preserved, or just want a piece created, get in touch, we'd love to hear from you!

Emma & Emmajane x


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