How to Dry Apple Slices for Crafting: Crafts and Ornaments with Dehydrated Apples
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Many people are accustomed to using dried flowers in their crafts, but did you know you can also use dried fruit to create beautiful art pieces? You can use dried fruit with dried flowers and leave to make ornaments, arrangement, or wall hangings. Once you learn how to fruit, all your friends and family will be jealous of the crafts you will make. These crafts are a great addition to any décor, and will help create a rustic and very unique look in your home.
When drying fruit, one issue you may encounter is that the fruit tend to brown, crinkle or curl during the dehydration process. Some fruits, such as apples, are especially susceptible to these effects. Although some crafters may desire this look, many people want the fruit to be as perfect and flat as possible. How can you produce these results?
To prepare the apples, you should first choose apples that are the appropriate size for your project. In order to select the right size you should look at the largest part of the fruit. You will only be able to get a few “full” pieces out of each apple, so be sure the sizes are consistent. If your project only requires half-moon slices, you will probably be able to get more slices out of each apple. Another popular slice is the “star” slice.
Regardless of the type of slice you are making, the pieces should be about 1/4”-1/2” thick. When creating half-moon slices make sure to cut from skin to core. Many crafters prefer to leave the seeds in the apple, but this is a personal preference. “Star” pieces can be created by cutting the both flower and stem end off, then slicing the fruit through the core. Cross-section pieces are created by cutting the sides of the apple, then cutting the opposite sides. Now take this piece and cut it from stem end to blossom end. This will make a piece which will show a nice cross-section of the apple.
Oxidation can cause your apple pieces to brown. You will want to avoid this look since it will make your finished product appear unprofessional and unattractive. If you dip the apple in lemon juice before dehydrating, then you can easily avoid oxidation. The lemon juice not only prevents browning, but will also help to preserve the fruit so your project has lasting beauty. After treating the fruit with lemon juice, place the pieces in the dehydrator. Follow the directions that the manufacturer has provided. When placing pieces in the dehydrator, be sure that none of the fruit is overlapping. You should also take care not to over-dry your fruit since this will product pieces that will be quite brittle and hard to work with.
If you have decided to keep the seeds in your apple pieces, it is best to glue these in place before adding it to the project. Once you master the process of drying fruit, you will have, a variety of crafting options available to you. Using dried fruits will add that touch of rustic, shabby-chic that your home needs.
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