Happy Valentines Day!
Just quite why this day has to fall right in the middle of the kid's holidays when I have zero time to do anything artistic, I really don't know! But as luck would have it they've all been busy for the last nano second and I've taken a moment to have a go at an idea I saw at work a while ago, waxing old roses!
melt a pan of wax, I used a mixture of what was already in the pot, beeswax I think and some old candles, it needs to be deep enough to completely dunk your roses. The temperature is the key to success, if it's too hot the rose closes and the petals begin to sizzle! too cold and it goes all lumpy. Not unlike Goldilocks and the Three Bears it needs to be just right, I didn't measure the temperature as I can't find the thermometer (of course I can't!) but the wax was warm and the consistency of thick soup. Dunk your roses quickly in the pot allowing any excess to drip off before standing them to dry.
if the wax is quite warm the flowers will turn a vintage shabby chic yellow
you can leave them 'au naturel' or spray them with a little bit of shiny!
have fun! I'll see you next week after the kids go back to school!