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  1. Bridal Bouquets are a key part of every Wedding. 

     

    But it is a shame that you cannot keep them forever, as they only last 24/48hours.....


    One of my Clients Charlotte Wharmby posted online how she had managed to preserve her Wedding Flowers in resin. and with her permission we are sharing the step by step process she used to make her gorgeous Resin heart. 

     

    Here is Charlotte & Gaz on their Wedding day (see flowers)
    and here is the resin heart Charlotte made herself, which is absolutely gorgeous !

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    Charlotte has kindly offered to share her experience and top tips.

     

    Step by step guide:

    1. Snip flowers and foliage from bouquet whilst they are fresh (recommend more than needed so you have options)

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    2. Put in air tight container and cover with silica gel for at least a week until dried - this helps preserve the colour and shape more than if they are air dried or pressed

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    3. Arrange in layers but remember you will be arranging them upside down in the mold

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    4. Mix resin (instructions for ratios will vary resin:hardener) and pour a thin layer approx 1cm deep into the mold

    5. Use a heat gun to disperse any big air bubbles

    6. Allow approx 15mins for first layer to begin setting/hardening then arrange first couple of layers of flowers and pour another layer of resin 1-2cm deep

     

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    7. Leave to harden for at least a couple of hours - if you pour too much resin too quickly the chemical reaction will cause to much heat and your resin may crack

    8. Repeat process of layering flowers and resin allowing a couple of hours between each layer

     

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    9. Once all flowers are covered by the  resin and it has fully set, you can de-mold your masterpiece

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    Top tips:

    - Add a small sprinkle of glitter to a couple of layers

    - Try drying a full variety of flowers/foliage as some work better than others

    - Also some flowers/foliage from your husband/wife's buttonhole/bouquet

    - For someone else to do this, it would cost £150, we managed it for £80

    - It took 2 days to complete.

    - watch afew youtube videos first, to better understand the process and materials.

     

    "We love our Resin heart, and it has pride and place in our home" - Charlotte Wharmby

     

    Thank you so much Charlotte for sharing your crafting tips and tricks!
    Please let me know if you follow this guide, and how you get on ! Xx

  2. Picture this … 

     

    Having a photo taken by a professional photographer is a moment to cherish. After all, it doesn’t happen every day. 

     

    You may take photos on your phone, share them to social media, and you might even organise them in albums on your phone. 

     

    This is great - I’m all for people taking photos. But, there’s a real difference between having some good pics and having some wonderful shots taken of your family by a professional photographer. 

     

    It’s an event. A special event, where you have probably had your nails done, had the children’s haircuts sorted, maybe even bought a special top. 

     

    A session is about creating the perfect picture, a moment in time. I love my job and it’s amazing to see people’s faces when they see the results. It’s unbelievable to think you’ve played a small part in capturing something special. 

     

    What I would like to see more of though is people having their photos developed and displayed. 

     

    If you’ve gone to the effort of having them done, proudly display them on a wall at home. If you leave them on a computer or memory stick, you’re in danger of either not really looking at them, or losing them if a device becomes faulty. 

     

    Think about it. 

     

    Some people have what is called a legacy wall. It’s a wall at home where photos and portraits are displayed. What’s amazing about a legacy wall is that if you keep adding to it, you will soon see how people change. You’ll notice for example just how quickly children grow up. 

     

    You’ll have cherished memories on display perhaps of people who are no longer with us. 

     

    If you are going to have lovely photos displayed, I also think it’s important to get them printed properly. By all means go to a high street shop, but you’re not going to get the quality that they deserve. 

     

    You need the colours to be just right. If they are enlarged, there’s nothing worse than the image becoming distorted as it gets bigger. 

     

    Then you’ve got the frame to get right. It’s got to both complement your interior decor and not distract from the picture it holds. 

     

    If it is too big, it’ll look out of place, and if it is too small, it'll be lost on the wall. 

     

    When you think about it, there are actually quite a few things to think about. 

     

    A lot of thought (and experience and practice) goes into getting a picture just right. It makes perfect sense to make sure that the picture is displayed as beautifully as possible. 

     

    As you know, I love taking photos and portraits at my photography studio in Pecks Hill, Mansfield. We have some portraits displayed on the wall there so you can see what they look like. 

     

    We think they’re awesome! 

     

    You’re more than welcome to come along and have a look at the Wall Art i can offer you (make an appointment though by emailing me on [email protected] or calling me on 07875 905143). 

    Here is some of the Wall Art i can currently offer you:

    Vintage Frame

     

    Vintage - on wallVintage - close up on wallvintage - corner on wall

     

    Modern Frame

    Modern - on wallmodern - corner on wall

     

    Acrylic prints

    24inch acrylic - on wall 

    Elizabeth XXXX