how the magic happens
packaging your flowers
It is important to take extra care in packaging your flowers. The best way to ship your bouquet is to leave it fully intact. Use packing peanuts or newspaper/tissue paper to cushion your bouquet. If you do not want to send your entire bouquet, please carefully remove the stems you'd like to send and wrap the stems in a damp paper towel. Place the florals in a Tupperware container - please make sure they are not squished.
*Please ship either overnight or 2-day shipping. Damage, delays, or lost packages being sent by the customer are not the responsibility of Addy Marie Designs.
trim and dry flowers
I personally like to cut the stems down and then dry my flowers in silica gel. Silica gel works wonders for drying flowers, as it preserves the shape and color of the flower unlike other techniques like hanging upside down, refrigeration, etc. Once the flowers are fully covered in silica gel, they will stay in a cool, dry place in an air-tight container to dry for 2 weeks.
remove from silica and design
After 2 weeks the flowers are gently removed from the silica gel and the process of design begins. Once I feel I have the perfect design, I send the customer photos to receive feedback and approval. We will tweak the design until both parties feel it is perfect!
pouring the resin
Resin art is a time-sensitive process that requires multiple layers of resin, each layer taking 24-hrs to cure before pouring the next! I personally use Counter Culture DIY Culture Cast for my casting resin because it has minimal bubbles, and does not burn the flowers during the curing process. After 5-6 layers I allow 24 hours before pulling the floral block from the mold.
the finishing touches
Once the preservation has cured for 24 hours, I pull the floral block out of the mold, take photos to send to the customer, and package the floral blocks and ring holders up to send out! Each floral block or add-on comes in a pink velvet Addy Marie Designs bag. Your beautiful preservations will be shipped to your home and will be all yours to display, forever!
Please refer to the Q&A page or our Instagram for additional information on the process, products used, common questions, lead-times, etc.
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