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6/9/17

Floral Crafts: Preserved Orchid and Leather Necklace

Dry Orchid and Leather Necklace by Gabriela Delworth

Love orchids? One of the most popular flowers in grocery store bouquets, isn't it?
Although we know they have been "coloured" they are still beautiful. I find them very affordable because you get many flowers in one branch. They are ideal to preserve in Silica Gel. How about making yourself a necklace? It's easy and you need minimal materials.

Dry Orchid and Leather Necklace by Gabriela Delworth

DRY ORCHID AND LEATHER NECKLACE

 Materials:
  • Orchid branch
  • Silica Gel {available at craft stores}
  • Scissors
  • Plastic box with a lid (airtight container tall enough to fit your flowers)
  • Paper Towels 
  • Soft small brush 
  • Leather cord (I used a 16" one for this necklace)
  • Clear sealer
  • Clear Urethane glue
Instructions to dry Orchid flowers:
  1. Place a sheet of paper towel inside a plastic box.
  2. Add a layer of Silica Gel.
  3. Cut your Orchid branches depending on how long you want them using your scissors.
  4. Place your Orchid branches inside the plastic box on the Silica Gel facing up.
  5. Cover them with Silica Gel until completely covered. 
  6. Seal the plastic box with the lid tightly. 
  7. Keep it at room temperature and away from the light for about two weeks. 
  8. After two weeks carefully remove the lid of the plastic box.
  9. Remove your Orchid branches from the Silica Gel. 
  10. Carefully remove Silica Gel crystals from petals using a small soft brush. 
TIP: Although Silica Gel might come a little pricey you can reuse it many, many times.
Instructions to seal Orchid flowers:
  1. Clean any dust from the ring with a smooth cloth.
  2. Brush Orchid flowers with sealer. It will dry clear and hard, glass-like finish. I chose this product because it will accentuate flower details.
  3. Let dry completely.
  4. Apply clear sealer on Orchid flowers using a soft small brush.
  5. Let dry completely.
  6. Cut a piece of leather cord with your scissors.
  7. Make a loop with a petal and glue it leaving a space to pass the leather cord through.
  8. Add a clasp.
Enjoy your new and one of a kind piece of jewelry! Make more for friends and family. 
Feel like making yourself a ring as well? 

Check my Vintage Ring with dry pink Statice tutorial and Statice necklace tutorial.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gabriela Delworth. Lifestyle Blogger, DIY Author and Crafts Industry Designer who makes creativity a ritual. Aesthetically reactive to beautiful things.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gabriela Delworth. Lifestyle Blogger, DIY Author and Crafts Industry Designer who makes creativity a ritual. Aesthetically reactive to beautiful things. 

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