ELLIOTT THE PROTECTOR-WAXING LEAVES

23 10 2012

HELLO

Last night I was putting the chickens away and decided to walk up to the sheep pasture, it was dusk and there was Elliott near the fence guarding his charge Sadie.  I ran into the house and got the camera but it was almost dark but a moonlit night so this is the picture I got.  By then they were all out.  Even though his charges can be annoying and demanding Elliott takes his job seriously.  

WAXING LEAVES

For most of my life I have been waxing leaves in the fall.  I did it with my Mom when I was  very young and with my friend Francine.  Searching for the best colors or  different kinds of leaves is fun.    It’s easy to do all you  need is dry leaves, some wax, a double boiler.  Because wax is extremely flammable all care must be taken. Never leave the area in which you are working.  The first picture is my version of a double boiler.  I filled the saucepan 1/3 of the way with water and got it boiling before putting the other pan on top and then lowered the fire to low.   The wax will melt quickly.   When its melted I turn off the fire and start dipping my leaves immediately.  After you have covered your leaf with wax let the excess wax drip off and then over your finishing area (which is a dish with aluminum foil covering it) make sure it’s almost dry before laying down.  You are done.  The sky is the limit to the colors, texture of the leaves etc.  You can do small branches too.   

You can buy wax anywhere they sell canning supplies or your local supermarket.  I bought this wax this year and it will probably last me at least 5 years or more waxing leaves.  A little goes a long way.  You can also use old clear or white candles or beeswax.  Both of these will hide the color of the leaves a little.

GLYCERIN LEAVES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is another way of preserving larger branches.  I have included two pictures on is last years leaves and as you can see the color has faded but they have lasted this whole year and the other is the ones I did recently.    I bought my glycerin in Ireland, but I am sure you can get it at a drug store.  Put enough in a vase to cover the bottom of the branches and that’s it.

Hope you have a wonderful day, and many thanks for reading my blog

Carole

 


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23 10 2012
Francine Keating

Thanks for reminding me about waxing leaves. I haven’t done any for some years and had forgotten what nice decorations they make. I put them in baskets with small gourds or dried flowers– tansy yarrow, interesting seed pods, nuts, rose hips etc. There weren’t as many beautiful leaves this year because of the rain and wind. This is another of those greqat little projects we did as kids that is still fun. Francine

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