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The way to lasting beauty

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 July, 2012, 12:00am

Beautiful bouquets have one bad habit: the petals of their flowers fade, wither and drop off.

But they could last longer if you know the special preservation technique called 'L'ecrin flower'.

Artist Shirley Tsoi Pui-yu shows how you can keep a bouquet of lilac-coloured roses for longer.

What you'll need:

Flowers

Air-tight, microwave-safe container

Dehydration sand (available from Siheyuan Ornaments: Rm 1303, Workingbond Comm Centre, 162 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok)

Botanic glue

Tweezers

Toothpick

Steps:

1 Pour a 1cm-deep layer of dehydration sand into the container

2 Carefully cut off the flower stems if you don't need them for your final design. Sprinkle some dehydration sand between the petals of each flower

3 Place the flowers gently on top of the sand in the box. Cover the flowers completely with more sand

4 Seal the container and let it sit in a shady place at room temperature for three days or until the flowers are completely dry - they will be very fragile when ready

5 Arrange and glue the flowers into your preferred design and frame it.

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