How to Use Petal Porcelain

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Petal porcelain turns ordinary silk flowers into unique ceramic works of art.
Petal porcelain turns ordinary silk flowers into unique ceramic works of art. (Image: Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

You can breathe new life into worn silk flowers with a product from Plaid Arts and Crafts called Petal Porcelain -- a quick-setting fabric stiffener which hardens and shines artificial flowers to a porcelain-like finish. Porcelained flowers look beautiful when arranged in a vase, wreath or bouquet and can also form the basis for a wide variety of unique craft projects. Petal Porcelain requires little previous crafting experience to apply, so even first time crafters can enjoy using this unique technique.

Things You'll Need

  • Rag
  • Scissors
  • Bowl
  • Paintbrush
  • Foam cube

Wipe your silk flower clean of any dust, dirt or debris with a clean, damp rag. Use a small, sharp pair of scissors to trim off any plastic or wire filaments or decorations from the inside of the flower.

Fill a small bowl with enough Petal Porcelain to coat your flower. The exact amount will vary depending on the size and shape of your flower.

Hold the flower upside down by the stem and dip it into the Petal Porcelain until the bud is completely submerged. Roll it from side to side to coat.

Remove the flower from the Petal Porcelain. Stipple the center of the flower with a small paintbrush to work the solution as far into the flower as possible.

Shake the flower lightly over the bowl to remove any excess Petal Porcelain. Press the stem of the flower into a foam cube and allow the flower to dry thoroughly -- for at least 24 hours.

References

  • Petal Porcelain: A Beginner's Guide; Betsy Lardent; 1989
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