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Preserving Camellia Flowers with Wax

Camellia blooms are breathtaking, but they only last a few days as cut flowers. You can extend their beauty, and your enjoyment of them, by preserving them with wax.

You'll need an electric wok, paraffin wax, mineral oil, and a bowl of ice water.

Combine five pounds of wax and one-and-a-half pints of mineral oil in the wok, and heat it to 138 degrees.

Then take a freshly cut camellia and drag it through the hot wax in one smooth motion. Immediately plunge the flower into ice water, and then set it upright to dry.

With a little practice, you'll be able to create beautiful waxed blooms that last for many days without water. Display in a vase, float in a bowl of water, or even use them to decorate cakes.

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