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Preserving a Toadstool?

I have a unique toadstool in my yard. Is there a safe way to preserve it?

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August 15, 20200 found this helpful
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Photograph it! There is truly no way to preserve it that won't cause some changes. Lucite may be work (the kind you make and pour) but there is no guarantee and it is expensive and dangerous to work with.

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August 18, 20201 found this helpful
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The only I know how to do this is with a clear resin. They use this to make different types of bookends or to preserve flowers. You will need to make a box or a mold holder to put this in. Normally plastic works well to do this. Now place the toadstool in the box and pour the resin in. Allow it to harder and when done you will have a perfect toadstool that you can sit on your desk and admire each day.

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August 14, 20200 found this helpful

You may be able to preserve it for a short period of time by placing it in 90% alcohol in a very tight sealing jar.

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Universities have methods of preserving fungi but it is a very elaborate system.
You could probably use formaldehyde but you need a license to purchase this so that is out.

Trying to use any other method will probably just dry it out and you'll have shrunken specimen - which might be neat as they take all kinds of funny shapes as they dry.

There was a question on this in a past posting but no real answer.

www.thriftyfun.com/tf872368.tip.html

Maybe someone else has some ideas.

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August 15, 20200 found this helpful

Maybe I misunderstood your question?
I read your question as wanting to preserve the 'shape' of the Toadstool and that would not happen if you use any type drying/preserving method.

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Alcohol works for preserving the shape (tightly sealed jar) but only for a while and then it will decay.

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August 14, 20200 found this helpful

You can try these directions: ourpastimes.com/how-to-preserve-wild-mushrooms-for... or
www.mushroom-appreciation.com/drying-mushrooms.html

Good luck, and have fun!

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August 14, 20200 found this helpful

Here is a great link to preserving mushrooms. It gives step by step to freezing, drying, and packaging/ preparations venchas.com/.../ - also keep in mind that collecting Toadstools could hazardous and poison for consumption. Please be safe!

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August 15, 20200 found this helpful

Hi,

I wonder if putting it into epoxy would work? I have seen roses preserved in epoxy and they seemed to keep their shape.

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---Robyn

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