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.
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.
- Cut a piece of soft cloth about 6 inches larger than your shavings when they are uncurled.
- 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.
- With your iron on its hottest setting, run it over the cloth until the shaving remains flat.
- 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