A freeze dried flower will be very fragile to the touch. Enclosing them in a keepsake is preferred to protect the flowers and improve longevity.
That being said, we have decided to offer preservation for a few types of flowers. These flowers will have the same pre-treatments and post-treatments to protect them. Stems are shortened to 1 or 2 inches maximum.
List of Flowers: http://forever-flowers.com/freeze-dry-blooms-only
Pavé is a term from Old French and was primarily used for jewelry…”A setting of precious stones placed together so closely that no metal shows”.
In regards to floral design, it is much the same. It means a tightly packed display of flowers face up and with no background showing through. The shadowboxes we create in the Pavé design are generally smaller than other keepsakes. They may have “Fences” or dividers for accents. See image #0302 for example of the “Fences”.
Although the process of freeze drying flowers remains the same as it was since the 1990’s, the extra treatments used on flowers are constantly being updated. We use the most current treatments available for our processing. There are Pre-Treatments and Post-Treatments used with UV protectors to make the flowers stronger, and resistant to breakage and shrinkage. Occasionally we use color enhancing to help with any premature fading. We have also discovered methods based on individual flower types as far as loading in the machine. For instance since a calla lily is hollow in the middle, we do an extra step so it keeps it’s shape. We are always trying new ideas to make the process the best we can.