What do I need to do with my flowers before bringing them to you?
Give them a fresh cut about 1" from the bottom of the stem if possible. Put them in fresh water. I like to get them as soon as possible as they preserve basically in the condition they're in when I get them, so be sure to set time aside for pickup or delivery of your flowers.
What process do you use?
I dry the blooms in a sand mixture and then they are sprayed with a uv protectant and fixative. I then place them in whichever preservation method you've chosen.
How long does it all take?
Usually it's 10-12 weeks. Depending on the flowers being processed, it can take shorter or longer. The more moisture that's in a bloom, the longer it takes to dry completely.
Is there any issues I should be aware of?
Working with resin can be tricky. Sometimes there can be bubbles that are beyond my control. I take every step possible to make the finished product absolutely perfect, but as it is art, some variations can occur.
Are there any business you work closely with?
I work closely with Ruffled Willow, Drury Designs, Snapdragon Wagon, and others. I love helping their customers preserve a memory. I just ask that if you have any issues at all, please contact me, as their businesses are separate from Midnight Dahlia Studio.
Can you deliver or mail items?
Absolutely! I do free delivery within Clarksville city limits and can mail products for an additional shipping fee.
I don't have a big budget but really want my flowers preserved. Can you do that?
Of course! I work with all budgets. I have to cover my costs, but I have budget-friendly options that we can work together to figure out.
Do you preserve things other than flowers?
I do! I can preserve objects with or without flowers. If you're looking for work with ashes or breast milk, please contact me and I can refer you to another artist I work with.
Do you do vendor events?
Not as a general rule, but I do sometimes have a pop-up to get my business out into the world. If you're organizing an event that you think I'd be a good fit for, feel free to contact me!
Can you make molds of something I already have and make a replica?
Definitely! I have made replacement gems for lamps, replica jewelry, and more. Send me a picture of what you need and I'm sure we can work something out!
What mediums do you work with?
I currently specialize in resin and shadow boxes. However, I do have a degree in art and have used a lot of different mediums. Give me a shout if you're wondering about something!