Commercially produced pressed flowers at the press of a button!
Interested in purchasing a microwave flower press online? Are you tired of waiting weeks for pressed flowers from a traditional flower press? Whether you are keen to see your pressed flower varieties instantly or need to produce large quantities of pressed flowers commercially, a microwave flower press is quick, easy and the answer to fast pressed flower production. Lots of jewelers and papermakers make regular use of these flower presses as it means they can produce flowers very fast and in larger quantities.
A microwave flower press is also a great gift idea for young children as they can see instant results and use the pressed flowers in creating flower art and collages.
How to use a microwave flower press
Microwave flower presses comes in two sizes – 5”x 5” and 9”x 9”, so don’t forget to measure your microwave before buying one!
Both presses work with conventional microwaves and come with a full set of instructions. The Amazon microwave flower press is especially good with color retention, so that pressed flowers come out looking better than those from a traditional flower press, as the drying time is so quick that pigments in the flora don’t have time to mature and dissipate.
Pick your flowers when they are dry – so that there’s no morning dew on them. Flowers which have moisture on them do not press as well and can age or grow mouldy after you’ve pressed them. The best time to pick flowers for flower pressing is in the afternoon on a sunny day.
To dry flowers, leaves and other flora in the press, place them between the supplied platens, pads and fabric liners according to the instructions and clip the sandwich together with the heavy-duty clips provided. Place the flower press in the microwave and turn it on high according to the instructions and presto! Your microwave will produce dried, pressed flowers ready for use immediately.
The six page instruction booklet of the Amazon microwave flower press is easy to follow and allows you to control the pressing process, whether you are using thicker foliage and flowers (like roses) or thinner specimens that need less drying time. The booklet also contains some simple suggestions and ideas.
Reasons why I prefer using a microwave flower press
A microwave flower press from Amazon is a durable product – cotton liners can be washed repeatedly and the pads will last for hundreds of cycles. With easy instructions and good color retention, the microwave flower press a very useful addition to your craft tools.
Young children like the microwave flower press, as they can get impatient waiting for weeks for pressed flowers for flower art and craft. With the microwave flower press, they can enjoy the process of flower pressing much more…and parents don’t have to put up with weeks of questioning!
Save flowers from special occasions and press them in the microwave press to retain better colour than a traditional flower press.
Why buy a microwave flower press instead of making your own?
There are a few reasons to buy a commercial microwave flower press. Firstly, the commercial presses are technologically designed to get rid of the moisture as quickly and efficiently as possible, so this means that with less pigmentation dissipation, the color retention is better.
Durability is also a consideration – if you prefer not to cut hundreds of squares of cardboard or to have your flowers marked by newsprint, it’s much better to buy a product that is custom made for flower pressing and drying.
Some thoughs on microwave flower pressing and drying...
There is a little practise needed to learn how to master your particular microwave but it is not hard. White flowers can scorch and need to be watched and flowers with thick centers (like daisies) need to have their delicate petals protected with damp paper or cloth while the centre dries.
It’s best to have some practise before committing your favourite flower to the pressing process but the practise involves simply working out the best drying times combined with the right power setting for the particular foliage you are working with. Draw up a chart of drying time, power setting and foliage type as you practise so you can refer to it in the future.
Microwave flower presses make excellent gifts!
If you’re looking for a great gift idea or want to produce pressed flowers commercially or without waiting weeks, a microwave flower press is extremely useful and is a product made with good quality materials. I’d recommend buying the 9”x 9” flower press as you can fit larger sized foliage in it – but don’t forget to check that it will fit in your microwave.
I’ve never had to contact the company, Microfleur, but according to other customers, they offer fantastic customer support, so that’s handy to know.
I think a microwave flower press is a fantastic gift idea for young children and their parents as it produces excellent, quick results that can be used for decorating handicrafts and artwork and children have fun picking the foliage to put in the press.
It’s also an excellent gift idea for people who like making handcrafts as it’s another avenue for them to explore without all the hassle of purchasing lots of craft supplies.
There are also some handy reference guides on microwave flower pressing which are useful for craft ideas and techniques. Combined with a microwave flower press, these make an already useful gift into an even more exciting one. Check out the books below!
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© 2013 Suzanne Day
Joy56 on February 08, 2015:
I never realised it was you on the last hub !!
Hi. I mentioned making cards with all my pressed flowers on my hub about fuchsia ..... All your hubs came up and I am working my way though them and watching videos.
I had a microwave flower press once.... Can u believe I set it on fire being impatient. Sums me up.
You look like you have great patience judging by your hubs...... If you lived near me I would seek you out for lessons..... As it is I can learn much from your hubs x
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 22, 2013:
Thanks for the tip. News to me, and I absolutely love it. I DO want a microwave flower press.
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 22, 2013:
Thank you for sharing this information, this is news to me. Never knew that this existed. Great hub, voted up.
moonlake from America on November 29, 2013:
Interesting I never heard of a microwave flower press. It looks so easy. Voted up.
SolveMyMaze on November 08, 2013:
Nice, useful hub. I'd agree that buying your own microwave flower press is a lot more sensible than going down the do it yourself route and making your own microwave. Plus, if anything ever goes wrong with it, you'll have plenty of tech support to get the microwave working again.