In search of ideas for decor and all kinds of crafts, sooner or later everyone stops their eyes and choices on fir cones. After all, this is a wonderful natural material for the embodiment of a wide variety of ideas. However, the buds can also be slightly altered, for example, by changing their color. Of course, the bump can be dyed, but you can also bleach it! The main advantage of bleached buds is that they retain their natural texture and texture.
The most popular way to bleach cones online is using whiteness, but does it work that well? Let's do a little experiment with several methods of whitening.
The first method is whiteness, the second is a pipe cleaner, the third is a mixture of ammonia and hydrogen peroxide in a ratio of 2 to 1, and the fourth is ammonia hair dye.
Place the cones in a suitable container and cover them with the named products. Since all the compositions have a rather pungent smell, we place the container with cones in a file for documents or a bag and tie it well. In almost all formulations, cones float to the surface, therefore, for uniform lightening, they must be pressed down with something.
For the fourth method of whitening cones, we use the cheapest and light-colored chemical paint. With the diluted composition, we coat all the scales of the cone well and lower it into the remaining paint.
Since the compositions of the paints are slightly different, for the purity of the experiment we also use a more expensive paint with a "creamy" consistency. We leave the cones to bleach in all these formulations for about 1 day.
A day later, you can summarize the first results. Take out the cones and rinse them in water. During the bleaching process, the cones closed from moisture, it's okay, during the drying process they will open again. Already at this stage, it is clear that whiteness did the worst - the cones remained almost the same black as they were.
So, in the first place are both hair dyes, they give an excellent bleaching result.
The second place can be given to a mixture of ammonia and hydrogen peroxide, they also work pretty well. If desired, you can leave the buds in the solution for more than 1 day.
The pipe cleaner also gives some whitening effect, albeit uneven, but the main danger of this method is that if you overexpose the lump in this tool for more than 2 days, it will begin to disintegrate.
Whiteness practically does not work, although this is the most popular method.
By the way, all these methods work just great on small alder cones, which in just a few hours whiten to an almost snow-white state.
And below you can watch a detailed video on all these methods of whitening cones.