Cory Doctorow at 2:22 pm Wed, Feb 8, 2012
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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!
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THIS IS A PHOTOSHOP. For the love of god it was bad enough when it was going around on Pinterest, now it’s showing up here.
Thank you, Dr.
The obvious giveaway: no lid on the jar!
And, of course, you can’t keep fairies in jars without lids anyway.
But can you keep them in jars with lids?
I’ve been finding that they prefer hanging out in boxes as opposed to jars, with or without lids.
THIS IS A PHOTOSHOP.
You lie! Take it back!
This might be photoshopped, but you can get close to that effect using glowsticks and glitter:
HOWTO make a fairy slop jar.
err … what sort of glow stick? The sort they sell at fairgrounds or the sort you break to get emergency lighting?
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.
Also, the original source image is here:
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.
Seems like a good time to link to these sun jars: http://www.instructables.com/id/Home-made-Sun-Jar/
And go with the tracing paper. You need a ton of that art store glass etching cream to do a decent job.
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.
uses LEDs instead of glowstick goo.
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