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Feb. 21st, 2012

general question - has anyone dried mushrooms for presentation/decoration and how did it go / what did you do? I picked a few shelf mushrooms I want to put in my curio, and Id also like to start large glasspane shadowboxes full of pinned/identified mushrooms for the walls, with spring coming. Right now mine are in a ziplock in the freezer for the night, to kill any larave that might be nesting in them, but Id like to be prepared for what to do tomorrow when I take them out.

I was going to just take them out and let them air dry, but i dont know if there is a quicker method? Especially with shelf shrooms, they are so flipping big.

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ilea
Feb. 22nd, 2012 01:35 am (UTC)
When I made shelves out of my shelf mushrooms I used this tutorial. There's a section where they talk about drying.

http://findermaker.blogspot.com/2009/09/mushroom-shelf-tutorial.html
etxeberria
Feb. 22nd, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
I didn't even know this was a thing. I am thoroughly intrigued!
ilea
Feb. 22nd, 2012 02:00 am (UTC)
Oh yeah they're pretty strong too. I have books on my largest mushroom shelf.
888mph
Feb. 22nd, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
My mycophobic self is crying forever for this. *runs away screaming for the mountains*
kittrel
Feb. 22nd, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
Those are the most amazing thing I have seen all day! o.o Thank you for sharing!
galingale
Feb. 22nd, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
Phenomenal.

I've seen etched shelf mushrooms (http://americanmushrooms.com/heerkens/pyrography.htm), art with spore prints (http://petemclean.wordpress.com/tag/spore-prints/), fabric dyed with mushrooms (http://allfiberarts.com/2011/aa091610b.htm) and even art about mushrooms (http://redwoodcoastcreativearts.typepad.com/redwood_coast_creative_ar/2010/02/for-the-love-of-mushrooms.html), but had never stumbled across the idea of using the shelves as ... well...shelves.

Thank you -- I shall be sharing this with my friends in the Connecticut Valley Mycological Society!
_last_serenade_
Feb. 22nd, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
wow, that is really cool. how did yours turn out?
ilea
Feb. 22nd, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
Really nicely. I used several coats (like 3 or 4) of matte clear protectant spray and they look just like they would as if they were on a tree. I'd take a pic but I *just* got my new camera today and I haven't had a chance to charge it (or read the damned manual) yet.
willowistari
Feb. 22nd, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
Oh man this is awesome, thanks for the link. :D

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