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« on: August 07, 2004 06:49:41 AM »

I was looking through some lesson plans, trying to figure out what to do when I go back to work next week, and I ran across this.  I have done it lots of times with kids, but more often at home for fun.  Grin

Making your own iridescent paper- 
you need: black or dark colored paper, pie pan, clear fingernail polish.

Fill the pie pan most of the way with water.  Cut your black paper into smaller pieces so they fit on the bottom of the pie pan.  Put a black paper in the water and sink it (it can't be floating on top). Drop a drop or two of clear fingernail polish on the water, and watch it spread out like an oil slick.  Now the tricky part- you have to "catch the bubble".  Gently pull the paper up, holding both sides so the color can't go sliding off.  It may not turn out perfect, but they're great to cut out of, and decorate with.

I'm going to try to link a picture again, but in case it doesn't work, you can see it at http://callakitty.tripod.com/id2.html


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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2004 07:40:18 AM »

That's neat, have you tried it with other colors of paper?
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2004 12:36:07 PM »

Yup.  It works pretty well, but black gives the most contrast, so that's what I usually use to show someone how.

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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2004 07:30:53 PM »

i remember doing that a few years ago!  it's really cool.
i forget where i heard about it...

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