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FAQs - Flower Preservation in Resin

Introduction


What is Flower Preservation in resin?

The process of Flower Preservation in resin entails the act of encapsulating carefully preserved flowers within a clear resin. The result is an attractive piece of art, which could serve as an ornament that stands the test of time.

Do you only do bouquet preservation for weddings?

While weddings may be a frequently occurring floral affair, the preservation of flowers is not limited to such occasions. In fact, we offer our services to commemorate any event that holds sentimental value to you, be it a baby shower, anniversary, birthday, or even in memory of a dear one. Preserving flowers in such moments allows us to treasure these memories for eternity.

Preparation


Why is it important that I bring my bouquet as soon after the wedding as possible?

To craft a stunning keepsake for you, I must preserve the freshest possible flowers. To achieve this, it's crucial to select blooms in top-notch condition as wilted or discolored flowers pose a challenge. Such flowers tend to disintegrate during the drying process, which severely limits design choices. If too much trimming is required to remove discolored areas, the flowers may look misshapen. For example, when roses begin to deteriorate, their inner core rots and turns brown or black. This discoloration is often undetectable before pouring the resin, leading to unsightly dark centers inside the rose. Furthermore, dampness can be disastrous for flowers, particularly on rainy or wet wedding days, as wet flowers are tough to dry and quickly succumb to rot.

What flowers can be preserved in resin? Can you preserve flowers that have already been dried? Do you accept previously air-dried flowers?

At Flower Station Dubai, we firmly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to preserve their precious flowers. We are pleased to offer our services to both fresh and aged flowers, with the only requirement being that they have not developed mold. With our expert craftsmanship, we can transform your flowers into an exquisite pieces of art that will stand the test of time. It's worth noting that air-dried flowers have a different appearance than those dried with silica, but if you are satisfied with the current appearance of your flowers, we can still work with them. Please keep in mind that flowers that have been frozen cannot be used in our resin preservation process as they will ultimately become moldy. We look forward to bringing new life to your beloved flowers!

What if my flowers are artificial?

I can use artificial flowers as well.

Will my flowers look the exact same?

Typically, preserved flowers retain their appearance from when they were alive. Yet, certain flowers may alter in color when dried, such as red blossoms turning into a rich, deep purple or burgundy hue. In some cases, wedding flowers may obtain imperfections, known as "love spots," that only become noticeable once the resin comes into contact with the dried petals. These spots cannot be remedied, but they can be avoided by being cautious with your bouquet on your big day and avoiding tossing it. Nevertheless, some may argue that these love spots add character to the flowers.

Do preserved flower colors look different than the original flower colors?

Throughout the freeze-drying and silica drying process, it is possible for natural color fluctuations to occur. While browsing our website, you will come across beautifully preserved flowers, but it is important to acknowledge that these designs are not exact replicas of their original living counterparts. Each arrangement will display slight variations that are inherent to the drying process. In particular, white and cream flowers may take on an antique or tea-stained appearance, while greenery may darken or be slightly brown in color. Pinks and purple flowers may experience a change in color hue, either lightening or darkening. Purple flowers are especially prone to changes in vibrancy and hue, while red flowers tend to be the most unpredictable and variable in shade. Although red flowers may dry to a desirable fire engine red shade, they often turn a deep purply-red, burgundy, or even a dark chocolate color (typically with mums) around 90% of the time. As a result, we cannot guarantee the color of red flowers and urge clients to reconsider preserving them if they do not anticipate a satisfactory outcome. It is important to bear in mind that your flowers are no longer living, meaning that they will never look exactly as they did when you initially brought them to us. We strive to minimize color variations as much as possible during the drying process, but we cannot promise an exact shade. In addition, we can only preserve your flowers in the condition in which we receive them, so we encourage you to follow our handling instructions to ensure the best possible outcome. Remember, preserving flowers is a delicate process, and quality in equals quality out.

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Can any flower fit in any size mold/piece?

It's important to consider the size of flowers when putting together a bouquet. There are some types, like King Proteas, that can be too big and require being cut in half to fit properly in a block due to their thickness. Evaluating your arrangement beforehand is crucial to ensure that everything fits together harmoniously.

Which flowers are best and not suitable for preservation?

While many types of flowers can be effectively preserved, lilies and orchids are exceptions to the rule. These delicate blooms tend to dry paper-thin and may develop transparent spots over time. Additionally, succulent plants are not suitable for preservation due to their high water content, which can cause issues with mold and rot. Even some larger blooms, such as Proteas, may not be suitable for preservation in certain molds. When attempting to preserve flowers like sunflowers, daisies, chrysanthemums, and dahlias, care must be taken to prevent petals from falling off during the drying process. Lastly, it's worth noting that Anthuriums cannot be preserved due to their waxy coating, which interferes with the drying process.

Are floral blocks poured in one layer?

To prevent the resin from heating up too quickly, it is important to pour it in multiple layers. This ensures that the flowers do not burn and the resin does not yellow prematurely. It is advisable to pour each layer only when the previous one has fully cured to maintain the quality of the final product.

Will you alter or enhance my flower’s natural colors?

We have a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of flowers and have dedicated many years to preserving them in their original state. We do not engage in any practices that alter or enhance the colors of the flowers once they are in our possession. Each flower is cherished and valued for its distinct and unique coloring. Therefore, we respectfully decline any requests for color enhancement or alterations.

How should I care for my flowers before shipping them to you?

It is essential to exercise caution when handling your flowers or bouquet on the day of your event, to prevent damage to the delicate petals. Refrain from storing the bouquet in a refrigerator or freezer, either during or after the event, as this can lead to rapid wilting and molding, rendering them unsuitable for preservation.

Do my flowers need to be preserved before I give them to you?

No! I preserve your flowers for you in silica gel to hold their shape and color. 

What is the estimated return time?

Upon receiving your flowers, the timeline for delivery of your customized products may vary depending on the time of year, but it generally falls within the range of 2-3 months. Although our process may seem lengthy, our ultimate goal is to provide you with exceptional-quality resin pieces that you will cherish. Crafting each unique piece takes time and attention, as we view each bouquet as a precious and valuable item. With a deep understanding of the significance these flowers hold, we approach our work with the utmost care and attention to detail. Our aim is to create timeless heirloom pieces that will stand the test of time and bring joy for generations to come.

Why flower preservation in resin is costly?

Preserving flowers is a challenging and time-consuming process that demands professional skill and high-quality materials and tools. While it can be costly, the resulting keepsake of treasured memories is priceless and well worth the investment.

Payment & Refund Policy


What is your payment policy?

To ensure that we are able to devote our time to preserving your precious flowers, we kindly request that the full payment be made upon booking. Our commitment to quality and individualized attention means that we dedicate a specific span of time to each of our clients. This guarantees that you will receive your beautifully preserved flower resin with the utmost care and attention to detail.

What is your return and refund policy?

When you book with Flower Station Dubai, you grant us complete creative freedom to craft your personalized items. Because of the handmade quality of our art, we can only accommodate a small number of bouquet preservation requests at our studio each week. For this reason, all reservations are non-refundable. Furthermore, each artwork we create is unique, which is why we do not allow returns or issue refunds.

After Care and Display


How should I care for my resin products after receiving them?

Our high-quality and durable resin ensures that all flowers are well-preserved. It is important to handle them with care and avoid exposing them to direct sunlight. For upkeep, wiping the product with a lintless cloth periodically can keep it looking fresh. We utilize a top-notch UV-resistant resin for our preservations, along with preservation sprays. Although this ensures the flowers' longevity, it is important to note that yellowing of the resin and fading of the flowers may occur over time. To maintain your preservation pieces, it is best to avoid direct sunlight and display them in a consistently room-temperature environment, free of moisture.

Why are there transparent spots on my flowers?

The delicate petals of orchids, lilies, and roses are prone to developing transparent spots, which are typically caused by the wear and tear of your wedding day and the handling of the bouquet prior to preservation. By the time your flowers arrive to me, they have passed through several hands and the spots may not be immediately noticeable. However, when the resin is poured, they become visible. These spots are a natural part of the flowers' lifecycle and do not diminish the beauty or sentimental value of your preserved keepsake.

Why are there bubbles in my resin?

Crafting with resin is a medium that can prove quite challenging, as it is often prone to bubbles. The natural air pockets that can occur when botanicals are submerged in the material are not uncommon, particularly in flowers with deeply cupped petals like roses (red ones in particular). Though I am incredibly careful when creating your bespoke preservation, it's important to understand that Resin Bouquet is an original, handmade piece of art that blends resin with delicate botanical ingredients. As such, some bubbles and minor imperfections may occur during the process, and it's essential to have realistic expectations. Rest assured that while bubbles are an expected part of the resin process, they do not detract from the beauty or sentimental value of your cherished, preserved floral keepsake!

Why are there lines on the sides of my resin bouquet?

Working with resin can be challenging due to its high temperature. To avoid any potential harm to your botanicals, it's important to pour the resin in small increments. Overheating can cause warping and damage to both the mold and the resin, which can be devastating. Having personally experienced this, I can attest to its severity. As each layer is poured, a visible line is created where it ends and the next layer begins. Although these lines are normal, they're a necessary component of floral preservation in resin. 

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