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 Posted: Sun Jun 26th, 2011 02:25 am
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Asparagus Ferns have a fantastic structure. Can anyone tell me how to preserve the plant material so as to retain the colour and form.

So far it has been sprayed with hairspray, but I do not know where to go to next.

Please give suggestions or better still tell us how you did it, and how well it worked.

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 Posted: Sun Jun 26th, 2011 07:15 pm
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Don-

In the past I have seen two suggestions for treating lichen, and would think that fern would be the same

one is to soak in a thin solution of glycerin and water or alcohol

The other is to soak in auto anti-freeze and water

I have never tried either


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 Posted: Sun Jun 26th, 2011 10:25 pm
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G'Day Don,
Grab some cheap green radiator coolant down at the local auto store, fill a jar with the fern cuttings, and then let the jar full of coolant soak for 4-6 weeks (or more). I just took out a batch that I set to soak around 6 months ago (forgot they were at the back of the workbench!). When finished the preserving time, pour out through a sieve, and give the fern a good rinse with water. This will help the fern preserve shape and structure. I then lay the pieces out on a scrap of card and hit them with a light coat of suitable green spray paint.

The same preserving process works for most moss, lichen of small plant samples you may find.

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 Posted: Mon Jun 27th, 2011 12:53 pm
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Thank-you Gents

It appears you are both using similar methods, already have the fronds in the solution.

We will see what happens.

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 Posted: Thu Feb 9th, 2012 12:44 am
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Brilliant idea, that coolant!! I'm an old auto tech. I'll have to try that on the Arizona tree making plant of choice - sagebrush!! ;-D



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 Posted: Thu Feb 9th, 2012 01:39 am
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Hey-Dan knows all the cool tricks! When in doubt, ask him...he knows the right answers.

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 Posted: Thu Feb 9th, 2012 12:14 pm
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Hi Woodie...not sure that I know all the cool tricks...still haven't managed to fool my kids with the old "pull a penny out of your ear" trick as yet! But I do tend to surf a number of forums and see a lot of ideas and techniques that oneday I might get around to trying myself.

I thought with the sage brush though, they were normally sort after for the dried and knarled looking tree trunk appearance, and were more about being dried stem cuttings rather than preserved in the coolant (but I've never used the sage brush, so don't quote me on that one).

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