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Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Skeleton Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas dry really well and make the most perfect skeleton petals.

I used the same technique as I use to make skeleton leaves. See the Tutorial below for more information on creating Skeleton Leaves

Line an oven tray or casserole dish with baking paper.

Line an oven tray or casserole dish with baking paper.

Measure out 3/4 cup of the baking soda.

Measure out 3/4 cup of the baking soda.

Bake the Baking Soda

Bake the Baking Soda in an oven at 200'C for 30 minutes. This turns the Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) into Washing Soda (sodium carbonate)

Make sure you are extra careful when using Washing Soda. It has a pH of 11 so wear protective gloves and glasses to avoid skin or eye irritation.

Boil a full kettle of water

Boil a full kettle of water. Measure out two cups and pour it into a saucepan. You will need the rest of the water to top up your petal-soup as the water boils away.

Dissolve the sodium carbonate.

Dissolve the sodium carbonate. When the mixture reaches boiling point turn the heat down to simmer.

Snip away a few flowers from the mop head

Snip away a few flowers from the mop head

I choose the more mature petals to make skeleton flowers with

I choose the more mature petals to make skeleton flowers with

Gently simmer the petal soup for an hour and a half to two hours.

Gently simmer the petal soup for an hour and a half to two hours. Top up the water level as the water evaporates.

When you notice the flesh starts to become soft and float away from the veins, lift the leaf out of the water with a spatula or the back of a large spoon and rinse in cold water.

Place the hydrangea petals on a smooth flat surface

Place the hydrangea petals on a smooth flat surface and smooth any creases away with a brush.

"Paint" the leaf with water and start to brush away the fleshy pulp.

"Paint" the leaf with water and start to brush away the fleshy pulp.

A batch of skeleton hydrangea petals, ready to design with

Let the skeleton hydrangea petals dry completely before picking it up

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

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