Pressing Flowers Using the Iron Press.
We are leaving the Victorian Era behind and stepping into the 1950s and 60s. In an era known for the plastic revolution and for classic T.V.
I’m talking about the Brady Bunch, Leave it to Beaver, and Bewitched. In several episodes, they use an iconic heated object (I’m sure my title gives it away). The Iron. A staple across America.
Bringing us to pressing flowers using the iron press.
Now…I do know how to use an iron. Quite ironic actually because most people think millennials don’t even know how to use a washing machine (I’ve always been a fan of nice smelling clothes). Irons are good for pressing out wrinkles and straightening pant seams. They are also good for pressing and drying a variety of flowers.
Which Flowers Work Best to Be Pressed with the Iron:
I use pansies. Why? I love pansies and they are easy flowers to use for the iron press. Because it is not like ironing pants, no matter what Alice tells you.
As a side note (speaking of Alice from the Brady Bunch), why do we never see Mrs. Brady working or ironing? What does she do all day? Can anyone tell me this!
Back from the side, onto the straight road.
The Iron Press is fairly simple to understand. Put a hot object on a flower, between towels, and wallah, the flower’s moisture is gone. A magic trick that doesn’t even need a sexy assistant, because of course, we are the sexy ones.
Steps for Success:
1. You are going to first, put your flower between parchment paper. Newspaper’s ink leaks onto the petals, paper towels imprint their pattern, and towels (in general) have wrinkles that iron on lines. Parchment paper is your best option. It can withstand the heat and leaves no trace behind.
The iron should be set on high for cotton/wool. You want the hottest heat possible.
2. When pressing your flower just hold the iron on top of it. Do not iron like you would a shirt. No small circles, no downward lines, keep it stationary. Every minute check to see how your flower is doing.
3. It is ready when it is papery thin and dry. Trust me, you will know. The water coming out of your flower is pretty easy to see. It leaves dark splotches on the petals until they are fully released.
4. Pansies should take no more than 3 minutes. Other flowers can vary. Begonias have taken up to 10… maybe more, the time was just ticking by.
. . . and remember to always create something new!
Take out the iron from your backroom, the closet, or your laundry room. Press your flowers and if you have time, throw in your shirt as well. Might as well hit two birds with one stone.