Desiccant Technique to Dry Flowers
Desiccants are materials that can absorb water from the air. One of the most common desiccant used to dry flowers is silica. You can either use silica gel or silica sand for this technique; just make sure that you put enough silica so that it can absorb moist from your dried flowers.
There are two methods of using silica to dry flowers:
For the first method, first pour one to two inches of silica gel in a microwave-safe container. Then, place the flowers blossoms side up and cover the whole with more silica gel. Place the uncovered container in the microwave along with a cup of water to prevent excessive drying. Heat the container in the oven for 2-5 minutes, then remove it from the oven and let it cool. Do not try to take the flowers out of the silica gel before the silica gel gets cool, because the heat can burn your hands. Clean the remains of silica gel from the petals and other parts of the flower with a soft brush.
The second method is almost identical to the first method, except that silica gel is not heated in the microwave oven, but only placed in the container with airtight lid. This method will take one week to result in completely dried flowers. Prolong of drying process may cause the flowers’ color change due to excessive drying. After being used, you can put the silica gel in a baking pan and bake it in an oven so that it will be dried again.
Other than this desiccant technique, there are other techniques to dry flowers. You can read them in How To Dry Flower Tips and continue it by getting appropriate stuffs needed for this exciting craft.