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How to Preserve Reindeer Moss

Preserving Reindeer Moss Reindeer moss can last for years if preserved. If left natural, it can break down especially if the moisture level in the air varies. Tip: Using an old metal pot or glass bowl used only for crafts will prevent you or family members from accidentally ingesting this mixture. If you plan to dye the Reindeer Lichen, do that before you preserve it. The lichen will be absorb less dye if you preserve it before dying it and the color will be less intense.  Mix 2 parts glycerine to one part wood alcohol (methyl hydrate) in your pot or bowl.  Make enough mixture so your lichen is at least half-covered. Soak the lichen for 10 minutes. If only half of the lichen is submerged, turn it so the other half gets soaked for 10 minutes.  Remove the lichen from your bowl or pot with tongs and place it in a new bowl to let drain. Once the excess liquid has drained off, place it on newspaper or paper towels to dry in an out of the way location. Leave it until it is completely dry. T