HolleyRose Posted 7 Oct 2012 , 5:47pm
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I recently made gum paste flowers for my son and new daughter-in-law's wedding cake. I would like to use the flowers in a wedding inspired shadow box.I know gum paste flowers can last a long time but has anyone ever tried spraying them with a polyurethane or some type of varnish or shellack to preserve them and how did it work? Obviously they will not be eaten. Thanks in advance for your answers.

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lenagc Posted 7 Oct 2012 , 7:02pm
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I have not used sprays, but I do store my flowers and they do last years. I make sure they are completely dry first then put them in boxes. They have kept great for years. Hope this helps.

DeniseNH Posted 8 Oct 2012 , 3:36am
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There is a liquid dip that you can use on dry petals before putting a flower together but I don't know if it comes in a spray form. If you keep the flowers dry, away from ants and the sun they should last for a very long time.

BakingIrene Posted 8 Oct 2012 , 3:41am
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After the flowers are dry, keep them in a sealed container. There are nice glass domes on wooden bases made for just this purpose.

The flowers will last 20+ years if kept dry and sealed from bugs. The spray does NOT help.

HolleyRose Posted 8 Oct 2012 , 12:38pm
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Thank you everyone for your help. The flowers will be in a glass enclosed shadowbox, so I think that should be good enough. Sounds like no spray.

TheGreenBee Posted 9 Jun 2013 , 1:45pm
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I actually made a giraffe figure for a baby shower cake for my sister-in-law. I sprayed it with polyurethane. I waited about 3-6months for it to dry out. It had a rice treat center. I did about 4-5 spray applications, tried it on a small area first to make sure it wouldn't run etc. I gave it to her son on his first birthday as a decoration for his jungle bedroom theme :) So its been good, and has never attracted ants, for about a year and a half now! :)

TheGreenBee Posted 9 Jun 2013 , 1:45pm
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I actually made a giraffe figure for a baby shower cake for my sister-in-law. I sprayed it with polyurethane. I waited about 3-6months for it to dry out. It had a rice treat center. I did about 4-5 spray applications, tried it on a small area first to make sure it wouldn't run etc. I gave it to her son on his first birthday as a decoration for his jungle bedroom theme :) So its been good, and has never attracted ants, for about a year and a half now! :)

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