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    I was just reading this thread. About 6 months ago I took some casting resin and did some nep pitchers. Funny reading about that now [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
    I had a couple of really cool pitchers that came off some cuttings that were given to me. i wanted to see if I could preserve them.
    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/cncreefer/pitcher%20from%20nep%20cutting%2012%20rs.JPG[/img]

    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/cncreefer/pitcher%20from%20nep%20cutting%2013%20rs.JPG[/img]

    Here are the same pitchers now...
    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/cncreefer/stuffed%20neps1.JPG[/img]

    I did the one on the left by painting the resin on the outside, then I filled it up and let it sit until it cured.
    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/cncreefer/stuffed%20nep2.JPG[/img]

    I did the inside of the one on the right first.
    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/cncreefer/stuffed%20nep3.JPG[/img]
    The one on the left came out better, but neither one kept the colors. these neps are rock solid too. I just wish there was a way to preserve the colors [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]
    Oh and how about this? Think about the possibilities....
    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/cncreefer/nepolantern.JPG[/img]
    Hi. My name is Ron, and I am a nepaholic.

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    Ew.

    I think I've lost interest in the process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]didn't they use antifreeze to dry flowers?
    do you know how to make antifreeze?
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    he he he... puns rock.
    AE, that's why you dry the sand.
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    The pitchers will still go brown if you dry them using the sand method, I don't think there's any way you can maintain colour using any method that dries the plants out? There are commercial flower preservation/ drying companies that have been trying to do this for years and no method leaves flowers looking 100% natural.

    The pitchers sold in the Singapore gardens that I mentioned earlier keep a lot of their colour and don't look at all dehydrated like the ones above. They don't just have a coating of resin on the surface of the pitcher, the entire pitcher is in a solid block of resin. The resin is a little square or rectangle a couple of inches tall (depending on the pitcher) and the pitcher is right in the middle.

    The one I bought I gave away so I can't take a piccy, sorry.
    The front of the resin is left clear so you can see the pitcher nice and clearly, it even had a little label inside with the name of the plant. The back and sides had a chiseled look that I guess they made when casting the resin, and that made it look more interesting.

    It was a good idea and one I have been thinking of trying it myself.
    I have a friend that makes a living doing this with insects (he lives in Sumatra where they get these foot long black scorpions), preserves them in resin and exports them. I might get him to try first as he knows what he's doing.

    Cheers, Troy.

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    gross
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    I have two ideas that you could try:

    The idea is to seal what you want to preserve by taking away all the oxygen around or in it.
    There is much difference with acrylic and enamel paints. Acrylic is a water based paint and enamel is an oil based paint. And these paints come in any color except clear.
    What you should be using is a product such as a clear bondcrete or bondcrylic (ie. a clear PVA). Do not use a varnish as these are oil-based and generally a yellow color. It will discolour the look of what you are trying to achieve.

    You could always find a nice looking jar with a lid and use a home found preservative such white vinegar (it is clear).

    C

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    There should be easier ways to preserve a Pitcher! For example....someone does know how the liquid the preserve human parts like hearts,and so on is called? It is used in hospitals!
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (MrAga73 @ June 16 2005,7:26)]There should be easier ways to preserve a Pitcher! For example....someone does know how the liquid the preserve human parts like hearts,and so on is called? It is used in hospitals!
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    i think you're referring to either formaldehyde or formalin, which are used a lot in biology classes to preserve specimens... formaldehyde generally isn't used anymore since it was discovered to be a carcinogen. as a student who has dissected many creatures/parts preserved in formalin, i can tell you that a) it smells pretty bad and b) any animal/body part preserved in a jar of the stuff looks kinda bloated and pale. plus, i don't know how formalin would react with plant tissues as opposed to animal tissues.... i haven't learned organic chemistry yet

    also, wouldn't preserving plants in any kind of liquid give it a bit of a "pickled" look? i'd imagine the cells would lose water to the solution (yay osmosis).
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