Wow skeleton leaves really CAN be emulated!! I always wondered how crafts people had SO MANY!? How could they possibly FIND this many!? Lol now I know.
This is my first go ever. And I know what to do next time to get them totally skeletonised. When they are hot wet and mushy it can be hard to tell if they’re done or not. And the scraping with paintbrush or toothbrush can just rip it. So anyway .. These are my first goes. Have a go yourself. You’ll find a zillion ways. It’s terrible I cannot find where I got mine but I’ve got the Measurments .
3/4 cup of washing powder to 2 cups of water. Pop leaves in, waxed based leaves like Magnolia,camellia (takes longer but produces beautiful leaf), may bush,maple leaves & oak leaves for example. Bring to the boil. Then simmer the crap out of them for 1hr 75mim. I checked every 20mins. One leaf was ready after 2-3 20 min sessions, the others took couple of hours. It will look horrid .. Never mind that. Oh and yes it cleans out of saucepan just fine with a couple of swishes of a scrubber.
Now be mindful of water running dry. Just top it up a cup when it’s running dry … Ie: the leaves are more sitting on top of the mixture. You wanna keep them down in that muck ;)
You will begin to see signs of the mushy stuff coming away, don’t be too hasty, but also you can always drop it back in the pot.
Now have a glass dish with cold water so when you think one is ready or all, pour into cold water, let them sit for a sec.
Then take one over to some paper towl and gradually start scraping the leaf away. I tryed to follow the grain of the veins, this helped a lot. So leaves may just skeletonise and you might only have to scrape a little, others more. Some I practically had to scrape all of it. That was the camellia. The camellia was interesting because you could see the leaf puckering away. Mush like when you roast peppers or tomato .. The outer skin puckers for you to pull away (if that’s what recipe calls for). So even though the camellia LOOKED like the skin would come right I kept on simmering.
So that should get you going??
Sorry I haven’t posted in a while .. Yeah I know you all miss me :P But I assure you I have a billion things to post. That’s probably overwhelming me so ill just start from first to now on crochet projects maybe .. Aaanyway, long way to say keep your peepers on this space occasionally :)
Enjoy! Go forth and do some alchemy and chemistry!! Skeleton leaves are all the rage ;)