Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pictures of Yesterday's Science Project

Yesterday Madison, Robert and I started a snowflake science project. Here are some photos of the final results. 

Frosty Blue Star

The photos don't really show how pretty and sparkly our snowy creations are, but in real life, let me assure you, they shine!

This worked out so well that I am doing it again! I am making 10 icicles, one for each student in M's class. That way she can give each of her friends a present and I'm hardly breaking the bank. 

So in case you didn't see yesterday's post with the link to the directions on how you too can make your very own snowflakes using household products, I'll leave them for you here:

You'll need:
     - For the solution:
       - 1/3 cup Borax Soap (found in the laundry detergent isle at you local supermarket)
       - 1 pint water (That's 16 ounces, or 2 cups)

     - For the snowflakes:
      - pipe cleaners
      - string
      - skewer, pen or pencil
      - pint glass

1. Bring your water to a boil.
2. Design your snowflakes by bending and shaping them into desired shapes. Make sure you have a little loop on the top to add a string to. Add enough string so that you can hang your snowflake on the pencil, in the pint glass without it touching the sides or bottom.
3. When water is boiling, add the Borax soap flakes. Remove from heat and stir until the soap is pretty close to begin dissolved. No worries if it doesn't dissolve 100 %.
4. Pour the solution into the pint glass.
5. Hang your snowflake in the pint glass, so that it doesn't touch the sides or bottom.
6. Leave to crystalize overnight (I like starting this project in the morning and just letting the crystals grow thick overnight).
7. Remove snowflake from solution and let air dry. Prest-o,'ve just turned a pipe cleaner into a snowflake!

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