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Crafts involving plants or plant materials, such as palm weaving, flower pressing, etc.

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How to make tree leaves suitable for origami?

I enjoy making origami models out of paper, but the idea of using more natural materials is also an appealing one. Tree leaves, being flat and foldable, seem to be an obvious choice, but the nature of ...
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What kind of palm leaves or other material can be used for palm weaving?

During the famous spice tours on Zanzibar, the locals make various nice presents (e.g. hats, frogs, ties, and handbags) by palm weaving. Since there are so many different plants on a spice farm, I don’...
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Artificially accelerating the discolouration of leaves

For a project I need leaves (apple, to be precise) that have turned into their fall colors. The leaves will be pressed later. Is there a method that creates the color change within a day or two? Or ...
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What kind of paint to use for tree leaves?

Let's say I have some real tree leaves, gathered in the autumn and dried out in preparation for using them as decorations (e.g. hung around the house or stuck to the walls). If the natural colours of ...
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How can I efficiently dry tree leaves?

Let's say I gather up some fallen leaves in the autumn time, and I want to turn them into colourful decorations. The first step must be to get them properly dried out for further processing like ...
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How can I protect my herbarium?

I want to protect my herbarium specimens. They vary in thickness quite a bit. Initially, I looked into using a laminator, thinking that would do the trick by acting like a vacuum-formed shell. Such a ...
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Is it possible to cast a pine branch in epoxy resin

I have a small branch of a silver pine (freshly cut, with needles still attached) and I’d like to cast it in epoxy. I’ve built a mold about 24 x 26 x 6 cm (9.45 x 10.24 x 2.36 in). The volume is ...
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