HOWTO make fairies in a jar

Combine glowstick gunk and diamond glitter in a sealed jar and shake -- voila, fairies!

It's a fake. But this one isn't. Same idea: glowstick gunk in jar (no glitter).Thanks to commenter BeckyLikesOwls for the tip!

(via Super Punch)


    1. I take it you can just cut the ends off of regular plastic glowsticks (emergency kind or fun kind, shouldn’t make a difference), and pour out the stuff within without breaking the glass ampoule of hydrogen peroxide.  And when you’re ready to turn on the glow, add the hydrogen peroxide, shake, and enjoy.

  1. What about cleanup? Should you wash the jar, or are the chemicals bad for water systems and you should just toss the whole thing?


      What chemicals are in a glow sticks?

      The glow light is made of two parts which when mixed
      together create the chemical reaction which makes them glow.

      4 g sodium carbonate

      0.2 g luminol

      0.5 g ammonium carbonate

      0.4 g copper sulfate pentahydrate

      approx. 1 litre of distilled water.

      50 ml of 3% hydrogen peroxide.

      Ammonium carbonate is a salt used in baking. Copper sulfate is used in ponds to clear algae and weeds. The little bit in that one glowstick doesn’t amount to much.

  2. We tried this at home.  As for the glow sticks, your mileage will vary.  One type was much
    brighter than another.  Overall, however, the effect was underwhelming in real life.

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