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Bleached pine cones - 9/6/2018 11:34:44 AM   
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Hey, has anyone bleached pine cones? I looked it up on google and it said to use 2 parts water to one part bleach in a 5 gallon bucket. Use something to keep them submerged like rocks and leave in water 24 hours. Use gloves to take them out and when dried out they have the look of driftwood. Keep in longer and the pine cone tends to deteriorate.

Thought it would be pretty in decorations for holidays. Anyone have any advice on this?

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RE: Bleached pine cones - 9/6/2018 12:47:53 PM   
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Never heard of this... some people dip the pinecones in melted paraffin for log starters ...

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RE: Bleached pine cones - 9/6/2018 8:54:21 PM   
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Never heard of it either but intrigued as I used to have a big basket of pinecones on my hearth. Gave them away but would like to know how they turn out for you.

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RE: Bleached pine cones - 9/7/2018 10:27:03 AM   
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OK so I have gathered up a few pine cones and put in a bucket with water bleach mixture and they are submerged. Now to wait 24 hours to see what I get. I think until they dry you don't really see the bleached color so it will be a few days before my experiment is ready.

Stay tuned ..... I will let you know how it goes and send pics.

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RE: Bleached pine cones - 9/9/2018 11:09:42 AM   
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I think before you use pine cones for anything in the house you should soak them then dry them in the sun...... I bet you might get a few bugs floating in that water...of course if you use them for fire starter and dip them in hot wax.... no problem whatever crawled into the pinecone would be dead in hot wax...


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RE: Bleached pine cones - 9/9/2018 11:13:09 AM   
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https://www.google.ca/search?q=pictures+of+bleached+pinecones&rlz=1T4TSCA_enCA428CA428&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=u8L5UauqMc7Z9M%253A%252CAn2X-DaMlls0UM%252C_&usg=AFrqEzcQG6Ly-WtZYDXvhIhBPez5ODYKwg&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwip667-p67dAhW7HTQIHdDwAMUQ9QEwAXoECAUQBg#imgrc=u8L5UauqMc7Z9M:

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RE: Bleached pine cones - 9/9/2018 1:01:44 PM   
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Shirley, thanks for the pics. Just an update on my experiment, coming along slowly. I used an off band (cheap) bleach and that might be the problem. I checked them this morning (still in bleach mixture) and they are barely showing some tan color. They will probably fall apart when I take them out later today. Then to let them dry completely.

I doubt this is something I will continue to do. I would rather be sewing. However, the girls at church preparing for the Nov Bazaar thought this would be a good idea. Not me.....I think natural pine cones are just fine.

More later......

Kathy

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RE: Bleached pine cones - 9/9/2018 3:55:39 PM   
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https://www.ehow.com/how_4836396_bleach-pine-cones.html These pinecones from the Ehow site don't look particularly light when they're taken out of the bleach, maybe they lighten as they dry. Ehow recommends leaving them soaking no more than 24 hours so that might be important to keep them intact. Hope it works out, very pretty effect and well worth a try IMHO.

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RE: Bleached pine cones - 9/9/2018 11:44:57 PM   
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I remember trying to wash pine cones years ago, and they closed up when they
got wet....then opened when they dried out. It was a relief when they opened
again...thought I'd ruined them!

When I read what you were doing I wondered if the bleach could get
inside the closed cones?

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RE: Bleached pine cones - 12/5/2018 1:36:11 PM   
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Kathy - what ever happened with this experiment? Now that I'm working on decorations, I found a bunch of cones in a box - don't know where they came from or if they were treated in any way.

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RE: Bleached pine cones - 12/7/2018 1:21:08 PM   
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Hey Lynn, thanks for asking but this was a total waste of my time. Took forever in the water for them to begin to bleach and then weeks to dry out. During this time it was very wet here so couldn't use sunshine to help bleach dry them. Not happy with the end result so I just threw them out. I would suggest if you are going to try it to use extra bleach and watch them every day. Too much bleach will make them fall apart but too little gets you no where.

Good luck....I am going to stick to sewing!!!!
Kathy

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RE: Bleached pine cones - 12/8/2018 12:29:49 PM   
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Thanks for the feedback Kathy. Sounds like it's not worth the time. I'd do better with just keeping on with holiday sewing.


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RE: Bleached pine cones - 12/8/2018 9:24:43 PM   
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Too bad it didn't work out, I like the way they look in the photos I've seen.

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