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    The sand method is used to preserve cut flowers shape and color while drying. I think it would work on a pitcher if it was cleaned well and excess water dried off before being place in the sand.
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    My aunt is an artist on the side and she likes working with polymers. She took a large N. truncata pitcher I had, I dried it and gave it to her. All she did was pour the polymer over it. THe hardest part is prevent drips and allowing it to dry without sticking to a surface.

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    didn't they use antifreeze to dry flowers?

    or something like that.

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    The resin you want to use, you can get at many craft stores. It's called Clear Polyester Casting Resin by Envirotech. I have thought about trying this myself.
    http://www.eti-usa.com/consum/castre...sn.htm#casting


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    Ive never seen a pitcher plant in real life, but im pretty sure this would work.

    Just use the sand idea mentioned eairlier, But replace the sand with Silica sand. Its commenly used for drying flowers. It absorbs water like nobodys Buisiness![img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] Then just use a spary on sealent.

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    Thanks elgecko
    that's exactly what I needed [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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    Hi,
    The paint I used was typical acrylic clear spray paint. Depending on how shiny you want the traps is how many layers of paint you would put on. Some of the more thin walled traps or the ones that you want to hold the shape I would use the silica gel that is used for flower drying. I would fill up the trap and bury it in the silica for a while, remove it dust off the silica and paint it clear. Drying this way held the natural color for a while compared to drying on the vine. N. lowii and its hybrids seem to do the best. N. spathulata was one I used the silica on to give to some friend who went to that area mountain climbing. I guess you could air brush the natural colors in and use it for public displays without worry of dehydrating the live traps.
    Truly,
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    If you wanted to get really realistic, I guess you could fill just the bottom of the pitcher up with the Polyester Resin too, to simulate the fluids. Or maybe just fill it up all the way to make sure it can't get smushed easily. Some pitchers would take the whole 1/2 gallon to encase inside a cube. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]

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