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    I also tried to preserve pitchers in many ways. Covering them with glue (after a while you just see the glue and no more pitcher under it), transparent paint (if used on fresh pitchers, even water-based paints will burn your subject within half an hour)...the method that seems to work better is simple, plain salt. The pitchers remain under salt - inside and outside - for a very long period and when they come out the result is quite good. The problem is that they seem to loose the original color after a few months. Probably using some transparent paint after they come out of the salt...
    if you want to try and tell me your results...it would be a great way to have a personal tridimensional herbarium, a part from many other positive sides...

    check here, this pitcher is 40 days old: http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph.....src=ph

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    Perhaps some kind of wax for preserving flowers can be used for pitchers too? It has to be transparent after solidifying. If you have access to some silica gel, that could be helpful for removing humidity, too. It is also perfect to store things in silica gel filled polyethylene boxes...check your laboratory dealer...

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    That looks great. All the features are preserved.

    Brian

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    Hey that's pretty darn cool! I could think of a lot of uses for something like that: selling to people who don't know what it is ( [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] ), terrarium decoration, part of a floral arrangement, or any other number of things... I think it turned out quite nicely, congrats. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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    Hi Marcello,

    Have a look at my thread on casting and embeddin plant parts in resin. I am in the process of learning how to immortalise plant tissue in a resin. However, the factor of heat is the cause of discolouration during curing time. Whilst the cephalotus pitcher was a lucious green/red it got cooked and the coloured parts turned yellow. The white parts remained white however. There are photos in that thread.

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    Chris, what happens if instead of leaving the pitcher in a ball/square of resin, you just submerge the pitcher in the hot resin and then take it out? a part from the color that will go away, at least we could have the pitcher not "imprisoned"..

    I could also add some uses like: museum collections, herbarium collections, selling souvenirs, compositions, put on display during cp shows or open days, or you could leave them hanging from the wall instead of a lion head [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] ...

    Marcello

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    Hi Marcello,

    I have updated the casting and embedding thread with a couple of nep pictures in resin.
    I am in the process of 10 experiments, one being brushing the resin onto the pitcher and another by just dipping the pitchers in resin then allowing the excess to drain and dry. Although, it was tedious getting an even coating on the interior of the pitcher, the brush seemed to work better.
    Please note the resin is not hot, but becomes warm while curing. Although if you add catalyst to speed up the curing process, it does get quite hot.
    The reason I imprison the pitchers is for protection. If I was to only brush the resin onto the pitcher and interior, it would become brittle.

    I am making alot to bring to the Victorian CP show in december, Australia this year. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    Cheers,
    Christian

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    Looking forward to seeing them at the show Christian. Hopefully they maintain their colour as they appear to be quite impressive at the moment. Keep us updated as they harden off.

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