Hello, it is I, Ann, from the blog over at : http://annnmakes.blogspot.co and the Design Team here at Arnold Grummer. Today I am excited to share with you my review and experience with the Regular Microfleur®, available here at the Arnold Grummer Paper Making store/site. The Microfleur® (micro for Microwave and Fleur is french for flower) is a Microwave Flower Press which makes the process of pressing and drying flowers and other specimens so easy. In a matter of minutes you can use the Microfleur® to preserve some of your own garden's beauty beyond its blooming season.
The point of pressing, drying , and saving these flowers as crafters and artists is so we can add these to our projects. Pressed flowers and leaves added to pulp in the paper making process creates interesting pieces. The dried specimens can be used in a wide variety of creative applications.
Every microwave oven varies in power and therefore will dictate how long it takes for each type of plant you wish to press and dry. Trial is the name of the game here. Each Microfleur® kit comes with everything you need to make preserving flowers a breeze, and a detailed instruction manual. I have and use the Regular size model, and there is a larger model available. I enjoy working with
this press so much I want to get the larger model myself!
The kit consists of 2 platens (tough microwave resistant plastic type plates with perforations), 2 clips or 4 clips for the Max size model, 2 pads, and 2 sheets. To load the Microfleur® you just place one platen ribbed side down on a surface, place one pad on top and then one piece of fabric on top of the pad. Next, place the flowers and leaves to be pressed on top of the fabric, making sure they sit as flat as possible and do not overlap each other. Carefully place the second sheet of fabric over the layer of plants, and then place the pad over the top. Cover this with the second platen making sure the ribbed side is facing outwards. Apply some pressure while adding the clips to hold this "sandwich" together.
Be careful not to overfill and apply too much pressure when installing the clips, so as not to cause any damage.
Now go forth preserve some of Summer's beautiful blooms to create with during those Winter days!
Thank you for stopping by, take time to smell the flowers and dry them!