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Making Wooden Flowers #2: Flattening the Shavings

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Blog entry by Ronbrush posted 130 days ago 997 reads 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Making the Wood Shavings Part 2 of Making Wooden Flowers series Part 3: Cutting the Petals »

Step Two – Flatten the Shavings

The shavings need to be flat so they are usable for flower making. This is easily done by soaking the shavings in a container of water for ten minutes or more. The shavings will still be curled but running a hot iron on the shaving as it is unrolled will evaporate the water and leave a flattened strip of paper-like wood. Please don’t use the iron that you use for ironing clothes and other fabrics! The process described here is not kind to the iron as you can see in below.

If you don’t have an iron that can be dedicated to shop tasks, read the alternate method of flattening below.

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An Alternate Flattening Method

If you don’t have the luxury of an iron that can be “sacrificed” for shop tasks, you might consider this alternate method of “pressing” your shavings. It helps to protect the sole of your iron from being coated with resin. This method requires a little more dexterity – or a second set of hands if you can enlist a helper.

  1. Cut a piece of soft cloth about 6 inches larger than your shavings when they are uncurled.
  2. Start unrolling a shaving and cover the exposed section with the cloth. Continue until you have the entire shaving uncurled and covered by the cloth.
  3. With your iron on its hottest setting, run it over the cloth until the shaving remains flat.
  4. Turn the shaving over; cover it with the cloth and iron again.
    Repeat a few times until the shaving remains flat.

-- Ron Tourangeau, Ottawa, ON – www.generationstudios.com



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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 130 days ago

If you’ve ever seen me iron you’d know tgat is what my iron looks like without even ironing wood:-)

Okay who am I kidding ironing isn’t something you’re gonna catch me at doing every year LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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CL810

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#2 posted 129 days ago

Thanks for this blog Ron. Don’t know if I’ll ever have the skill/patience but I favorited it in case I am ever inspired.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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lightweightladylefty

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#3 posted 128 days ago

Ron,

I just cleaned my iron tonight after pressing a denim patch to repair the knee of my shop jeans. It wasn’t quite that bad, but I’ve never had denim leave a mess on an iron before!

I’ve got an old rusty iron that uses hot coals. Is that the one I should single out for the job? :-)
L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Ronbrush

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#4 posted 127 days ago

L/W,

I’ve added an alternate approach to flattening shavings that might help – and it doesn’t need denim!

Ron

-- Ron Tourangeau, Ottawa, ON – www.generationstudios.com

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