The kit consists of 2 platens (tough microwave resistant plastic type plates with perforations), 2 clips or 4 clips for the Max size model, 2 pads, and 2 sheets. To load the Microfleur® you just place one platen ribbed side down on a surface, place one pad on top and then one piece of fabric on top of the pad. Next, place the flowers and leaves to be pressed on top of the fabric, making sure they sit as flat as possible and do not overlap each other. Carefully place the second sheet of fabric over the layer of plants, and then place the pad over the top. Cover this with the second platen making sure the ribbed side is facing outwards. Apply some pressure while adding the clips to hold this "sandwich" together.
Be careful not to overfill and apply too much pressure when installing the clips, so as not to cause any damage.
Next, use the microwave oven to press and dry. Now, note that each microwave oven has different powers and will require different amounts of time. Also, the pressing and drying time is affected by what type of flower you are pressing and the amount of liquid that is retained in each plant. This will have to be done in trials. It is best to use the microwave oven in short bursts. In my case as my oven is quite powerful it took very little time, between 10 and 30 seconds. Also, be careful when handling the press as there can be a surprising amount of heat generated by such a small device!
I truly enjoy using my new Regular Microfleur® Microwave Flower Press and hope to invest in the larger model soon. It will be the best way that I know how to preserve a little bit of our very short Summers here by drying some flowers and admiring them during those long Winter months.
Thank you for stopping by, enjoy the rest of Summer and keep Crafting!