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26 May 2007

Wax paper help, please I failed to get a dried flower to iron between two pieces of wax paper. [More:] I first tried to get it stick to typing paper, and that was even worse. Is wax paper different from when I was little? Less waxier? Is there special "crafts" wax paper? What am I doing wrong?
Hmm, I don't know. I've always used waxed paper to make templates for applique. There seems to be a waxy side and a non-waxy side, but I could be wrong.

I've used white butcher paper with a lot of success. There's an obvious waxy side. I've ironed on the paper side without a problem. The iron can't be too hot, because it won't stick. I like it better than waxed paper. I think waxed paper has such a thin layer of wax, if you're using a heated iron it can melt quickly.

Do you want to press a dried flower flat? How about putting it in between a book or two padded potholders and putting something heavy on top?
posted by LoriFLA 26 May | 12:52
I've never ironed a dried flower, only fresh.
posted by kellydamnit 26 May | 13:05
you can iron fresh flowers?

My iron is probably too hot. and I didn't even know you could use parchment paper- I bought a box of wax paper just for this project.

the flowers are flat already- my neglected Russian-English dictionaries are mostly used for flower pressing these days.

so. Cool iron. Try parchment paper. Does it still turn out clear so you can see the flowers?
posted by small_ruminant 26 May | 13:07
Small, I think I misunderstood your question. I'm sorry. I didn't know you wanted them to be encased in the paper. White butcher paper as I mentioned above may not work. Parchment may, but is there wax on parchment? I would use Contact paper.
posted by LoriFLA 26 May | 13:13
Lori, I'll try that. I was just confused because I remember the wax paper thing so clearly from when I was little.

Of course, I also remember flying.
posted by small_ruminant 26 May | 13:26
It may not hurt to try the waxed paper again on a lower setting. You may get it to work. When the iron is too hot, the waxed paper will start peeling and not stick. Good luck. I love pressed flowers.
posted by LoriFLA 26 May | 13:39
2 web sites w/ instructions

You can also lay flowers on a piece of butcher paper, then cover w/ 1 sheet of tissue paper. Make a 1:1 mix of water and white(elmers) glue. Gently paint it on the tissue, over the flowers, getting it all wet. Allow to dry, and it has a nice translucency.
posted by theora55 26 May | 13:42
theora, that sounds fun and messy. I'll try it once I get some glue. I think this means I need to press more flowers.

Thank you, everyone!
posted by small_ruminant 26 May | 13:55
I seem to remember learning how to do this as a kindergartener. I want pictures!
posted by Eideteker 26 May | 14:15
cool iron and correct side down worked for the flowers (using wax paper)- thank you! But I will still try the glue version- sounds like the colors will be a lot more vivid. I'll post pictures when I have one that I have mangled 4 times already :) and since I just got a new camera, any excuse will do!
posted by small_ruminant 26 May | 14:49
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