Few days ago; I stumbled onto a post by Relaxs Minda about rainbow roses. The colourful flowers looked beautiful. I was tempted; typical of myself always want to try & learn new thing. I went to the florist; bought few stalks of pale yellow roses. Since they don't have white rose; I guess this colour should work. I told the florist I wanted to make colourful flower petals. She then gave some advise on how to make it & told that artificial coloured rose petals will not last longer compared the original. She opened the fridge & took out a bucket of chrysanthemum with the stem submerge in coloured soluble. They use one colour only. She said they use the same process/technique but it took longer days for the petals to be fully covered with the colour. Commercial wise they use special soluble for colouring. At home I found 2 food colouring i.e red and green from my kitchen cabinet. I only have 2 colours so I name this project 'Bi-Colour Rose'. The advantage using food colouring is it is non-poisonous & you can involve children in this project. It is a good science experiment for children too & let them enjoy the process!
The process is pretty easy.
1) white rose or pale colour rose (you can try using other types of flower e.g. chrysanthemum,
carnation or hydrangea)
I read from Wikipedia Venezuela Rose is the best whereby it absorbs colours perfectly
2) containers or cup filled with water
3) food colouring
4) scissors or knife to split the stem
Step by step process:
1) Fill container with water.
2) Add drops of food colouring (quantity as desired); Stir well.
3) Use knife or scissors to split end part of the rose's stem
4) Submerge split stem in different colours
Below are some pictures I took while doing this project. Try it! Enjoy it! Happy weekend.
|Pale yellow roses. (6:44 pm; 22/03/2013)|
|Split stem into two.|
|Submerge split stem in different colours. (6:45 pm)|
|8:43 pm (Slightly absorbing the colours)|
|Colour fully absorbed.|
10:18 am; 23/03/2013
|Desk decoration of the day! Bi-coloured roses!|
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