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Preserving Eucalyptus Leaves

How can I preserve eucalyptus leaves so they don't break and tear? I want to use them in my jewelry.

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To preserve eucalyptus you will need vegetable glycerin which can be obtained at your local craft store.
You will need a wide bottomed vase and scissors

Step 1
Create a preservation solution. To preserve eucalyptus, mix a solution of one part glycerin with two parts water. Heat the mixture to boiling or near-boiling.

Step 2
Once your glycerin and water solution is ready, pour the mixture into a stable, wide-bottomed vase. Place the eucalyptus branches in the vase with the cut end of the stem in the liquid. The liquid should reach about three inches up the length of the eucalyptus stem.

Step 3
To help your eucalyptus branches absorb the preservation solution more quickly, slice the bases of the stems a bit.

Step 4
Place your eucalyptus branches in a cool environment. Put the vase containing the eucalyptus somewhere with moderate humidity and a temperature of 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit Keep the branches out of direct sunlight as they absorb the preservation solution.

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Step 5
Refill the liquid in the vase as need, since some will evaporate over time.

Step 6
Give your eucalyptus plant sufficient time to absorb the solution. Your eucalyptus branches will probably need to be in the preservation solution for about four weeks. However, the exact amount of time necessary for the eucalyptus branches to fully absorb the glycerin ranges from about three days to six weeks, depending on the size of your branches.

Step 7
Larger branches will take longer to absorb the glycerin than the shorter branches.

Step 8
Look for black or gold leaves. Once youve placed the eucalyptus in a proper location, it will take time for the branches to absorb the solution. Plants that are ready to be removed from the glycerin solution will change color to black or gold, depending on the species. When all the leaves have changed color, the plant is ready to be removed.

Step 9
emove the eucalyptus branches from the vase. Cut the stems of the branches up to the point where they were covered by the preservation solution. Wipe away any excess liquid that might remain on the stems.

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Step 10
Dry the eucalyptus plant. Lay the eucalyptus branches in a warm, sunny, dry location with good air circulation. After three to five days, hang the eucalyptus branches upside down by their stems in a warm, dry, dark room. After two to three weeks, your eucalyptus plants should be ready to use.

Step 11
If you dont intend to use your eucalyptus branches immediately, store them in a dry, cool, dark area.

For photos and detailed directions check out the link below
www.wikihow.com/Preserve-Eucalyptus

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