Dried or preserved flowers and leaves can be kept for many years keeping their natural colours intact by by drying or pressing them. Along with decorative seeds, they have been used since time immemorial to create framed pictures and for many craft designs. There are several methods used to achieve this (for dried, pressed leaves and flowers hobbyists often just place the leaves in the pages of a heavy book, or purpose made flower press - the paper absorbs the moisture, and leave them until dry). Air drying and freeze drying are popular methods to use to preserve the shape and form of the flower or leaf. Inserting leaves in silica sand is another way to dry and preserve leaves. Preserving leaves by immersing them in a a water and glycerin solution has the advantage of maintaining their texture and form, leaving them quite flexible and glossy looking instead of quite fragile and brittle. The glycerin and water solution replacing the natural moisture present in the leaves.
OASIS® velvetty hairy green Stachys leaves are a natural preserved product that will add depth and texture to all sorts of floristry and craft projects. Our beautiful glossy preserved magnolia leaves are supplied in assorted leaf sizes, are very popular for making wreaths as they hold their colour very well. Dried poppy heads add interest to potpourri and decorative dried bowl arrangements, particularly when combined with pumpkinos for Halloween decorations or with other whole dried miniature fruits to add interest to Christmas designs and wreaths when mixed with cinammon sticks, holly, pine and colourful preserved leaves.
Skeleton leaves are natural leaves that have had the outer leaf material removed, exposing the beautiful and delicate network of veins beneath. These are available dyed in a huge range of beautiful shades. Delicate, lacy and ornate, they are favourites for for card-making, and other paper related projects. Very popular with brides for adding accents to invitations, or used to decorate favour boxes or dress up place settings by placing under clear glasses or plates or tucking into folded napkins.