Crafts From Your Microwave
Microwaves are great for cooking, but they are also wonderful utensils for creating some beautiful items to decorate your home, or give as gifts to family and friends. Here are a few books available to help you get even more use out of your microwave.
Flower Drying With A Microwave by Titia Joosten and Milton Watson — Now you can easily, quickly, and inexpensively preserve all the colorful glory of a summer garden. Gone are the problems of traditional methods — finding dark, dry space, fading, and weeks of waiting — and gone is the need to buy expensive, commercially dried flowers. Flower Drying With A Microwave unlocks the secrets of preserving virtually any flower. Detailed charts and useful tips help you dry over 200 different flowers, including delicate roses, tulips, violets and wildflowers. In addition, you'll enjoy colorful photographs of finished dried arrangements that you can make yourself as well as projects to decorate your home or give as thoughtful gifts, including wreaths and garlands.
Flower Drying Handbook: Includes Complete Microwave Drying Instructions by Dolly Lutz Morris and Alice Ensley — "A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose," or so the saying goes — but not all flowers dry the same. Make beautiful dried flower arrangements that look like they cost a fortune, and revel in compliments when you say, "I did it myself!" For beginners, there is a complete how-to drying section with a range of techniques from traditional air-drying to the modern microwave method, to get you started right away. For those already versed in flower drying, the reference section is broken down alphabetically by flower name. Each profile gives a description of appearance, along with advice on growing and landscaping, harvesting and drying, and crafting. Learn ahead of time which drying method will work best with each bloom, and which blossoms to use for the effect you want. An absolute delight, you'll find this amazing sourcebook a valuable reference for years of creative crafting.
Microwaved Pressed Flowers by Joanna Sheen —Thanks to the revolutionary techniques and the step-by-step instructions in this unique manual, the art of flower pressing is easier, quicker, and promises more beautiful results than ever before — using your microwave. 90 color illustrations. Projects in the book include: pressing and displaying wedding and special occasion flowers, floral lampshade, decorated scented drawer liner, decorated a dressing table, picture frames, a recipe box, cards, hat boxes, flower pots, bottles, pencil boxes, and various floral framed art. There are also instructions for constructing your own flower press.
Herb Drying Handbook by Nora Blose — Preserve the color, shape, flavor, and even fragrance of more than 60 of your favorite herbs by instantly drying them in your microwave under the expert guidance of the Herb Drying Handbook. Lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs and drawings of individual plants, herb gardens, and craft projects.
Microwave Dough Craft by Alison Jenkins — With just salt, water, flour and a microwave oven, anyone can design wonderful creations for the home. More than 50 projects are outlined step-by-step. Includes a special section of templates and stencils that help you get started with this new, creative craft. Full color
Nature Crafts With a Microwave by Dawn Cusick — There's no need to wait days, weeks, or months to use the materials you've collected from outdoors in great-looking craft projects when you have a microwave. In just a short time, you can learn how to turn your microwave into an instant drying tool for perfect projects of flowers, seeds, fruits, leaves, and many other delights of nature. Striking full-color photos and simple instructions will motivate you to make a beautiful rose trellis, soothing mint tea, Blueberry Hill potpourri, a pansy wall hanging, a gourd bird, hemlock candle holders, pinecone ornaments, plus many other attractive and elegant items for your home and as gifts.
Microwave Craft Magic by Marjie Lambert — A revolutionary guide to the use of the microwave from flower-drying and potpourri to papiér mâché and clay dough creations.
Crafts From Your Microwave by Alison Jenkins and Kate Morris — Includes how to information for tie-dyeing, papiér mâché, and salt dough creations; projects that can be made in minutes; directory of microwave drying times for flowers, leaves, herbs and grasses; and special food crafts including gingerbread figures and edible Christmas tree decorations.