Crafty moms can make their partners and friends better Valentine’s Day roses than money can buy, right in the comfort of the own homes.
@IDunnGoddess YouTube channel has a great how-to video showing folks the way to make paper roses, in any colour, and after making twelve such examples, how to shape them into a lovely bouquet that makes an ideal, extremely creative and original, and timeless present. Its timeless because unlike other roses these flowers will not decay (for ten years or more).
Also I read a fascinating piece on Buzznet called Reasonably Pretty Preserved Roses wherein the author went around town dipping roses in various compounds to try and find the perfect sealant.
I just love this picture of a waterproofed rose even though I don’t recommend trying this at home, as the finished product created by Bill Korenowsky of Royal Waterproofing in his basement in Toronto was not that impressive. And the sticky black rubber membrane will stain your clothes.
Custom treated roses for Valentines Day appeals to Pop-Up retailers like Matthew Robert White, who makes a lot of money selling romance to homeward bound Toronto commuters on Feb 14th.
The story related on Arob12 is that Matthew White contacted Bill to try and make roses that were as good as, or better than the shiny black specimens made by Rob Campbell with flat roofing tar. You can see the emerging bouquet here. The red rose on top has been waterproofed by Bill, while the two below are slick with flat roofing bitumen that Rob made by dipping roses in roofing tar.
True Love Bites blog does a good job listing all the colours of the roses and that piece concludes that Black Roses are the most unnatural and yet the most universally fashionable. Their meaning can change with every occasion, sex and age demographics, culture and perspectives. Historically speaking black roses are usually associated with death and hatred but Goth kids and Emo kids see it as hope reborn and beauty in darkness. Punkers, Rockers Skaters and Blazers just think they’re cool.
Rob Campbell made black roses by dipping red roses in flat roofing tar and fostered a barrage of comments and applause all across the web. His story sparked interest by Matt White who will be carrying a line of black roses in his Pop-Up Retail stores on Feb 14th 2015 all across Toronto.
Rob left a pretty good explanation detailing the process of making black roses with flat roofing tar on Homesteading Today discussion forum where he gave a step by step account of the treatment. He worked alongside the guys from ToughRoof flat roofing repair company in Toronto and used their equipment which was hot and ready when he arrived, and so he didn’t have the smell or expense of doing all that hard work prepping the petroleum bitumen substance himself. The material is shipped in solid 10lb blocks and needs to be heated at the job site in 500 degree propane fueled boilers, or ‘tar pots’.
The act of coating objects with tar bitumen is very old. Early man dipped wooden baskets, bowls, and boats in tar to seal them and make them black and beautiful. The tar pits were sacred spots. Sometimes rival clansmen were executed using bitumen found here. To be tarred and feathered was an excruciatingly painful and humiliating form of capital punishment.
Bill Korenowsky, who is getting married later this year, was influenced by the examples set by Rob and Toughroof and after being conscripted by Matt he went out and bought a dozen red roses from a local florist and dipped them in waterproofing tar – he tried many different chemical treatments until he found one that preserved the rose forever. Unfortunately it just wasn’t that pretty.
Rob wrote up Bill’s story about waterproofing roses for Valentine’s Day on Fuel Ghoul. And was honest in his reporting of how the red reoses really didn’t turn out so great when waterproofed with rubber membrane Bakor 720.
Rainbow Roses have four colours injected into the flower intravenously. These creations are very expensive, usually priced around $120 dozen online, or ten bucks each. If you buy online you may not see the warning or even the disclaimer telling you these flowers are artificially coloured. Most Rainbow Roses are intravenously tinted which means that some florist with a needle injects color into the stem of the rose and capillary action draws the tint up into the flower. The dye will not rub off of the petals, but the color may emerge where stems are cut or leaves are torn from the stem, especially when wet. This powerful dye with definitely stain clothing your hands and clothes.
Rainbow roses are not ideal presents for Valentines Day as they send mixed message to lovers, but they’re great for weddings, corporate events or sporting events. Consumers can customize appearance with up to 4 different colors.