I've never heard of anyone using any type of heated iron to press flowers. Pressing them means to make them flat, not to iron them like clothes.
At any rate, you need absorbent (not waxed) paper, and weights. Many people just use an old book, put the flowers between the pages, and put weights on top of the book. Some books have a lot of acid in the paper, though. Get some scrapbooking or craft paper that says that it's acid free, and put the flowers between that paper, and then put it between the pages of a thick book. An old encyclopedia or dictionary is good. Then put something quite heavy on top of the book, for instance, canned goods are generally pretty heavy, or a few bottles of any sort of liquid.
There are also special flower pressing kits that you can buy, which have screws that you can tighten as the flowers get drier.
Some flowers will come out better than others. For best results, use either flat flowers, or deconstruct thicker flowers, that is, pull the petals off of a rose and dry the petals individually. Then you can rearrange the rose petals when they're dried. Also, some flowers won't retain their colors very well at all. You just have to experiment to find out what sort of results you get with each kind.
You can also dry flowers, either by hanging them upside down in a cool dry place or by burying them in absorbent material. This will not flatten the flowers, but it will generally cause the colors to fade somewhat. Again, different flowers will yield different results.
· 8 years ago