I was asked to find some cooling ties formy co-workers, but couldn't find a local source.
I only had a few days, so I opted to make some.
I purchased Ashland Water Gems from Michaels.
They started out the size of microbeads.
After absorbing the water, it looks like I put peas inside of the cooling ties.
I used less than 1 tsp per tie.
I know it looks like I overfilled it, but it's an illusion from the round crystals.
On the plus side, they work really well.
I've read online about re-purposing disposable diapers for their water absorbing properties.
It's also sounds very messy to me.
I was finally able to get MiracleGro Water Storing Crystals.
They are exactly the same size as the Ashland Water Gems.
The main difference between the two is the shape.
MiracleGro Crystals have jagged edges giving a more natural appearance.
Ashland Water Gems are round.
I couldn't get the Miracle crystals in time, but the cooling ties work great anyway.