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« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2004 07:50:02 AM »

does the alcohol evaporate, or is it still toxic?  you know how little kids love to stuff things in their mouths...
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« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2004 08:43:46 AM »

I imagine that most of it would evaporate, and it would probably taste pretty icky anyway.
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« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2004 08:52:12 AM »

Pasta crafts always make me think of Kramer's macoroni people on Seinfeld, hehe.

"It's Fusilli Jerry! 'Cause you're silly, get it?"
Haha, always cracks me up.

That pasta looks so fun. I feel a craft project coming on.
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« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2004 09:10:41 PM »

I love that idea!! I also love the colorful pasta! I have one problem, though. I have no idea what rubbing alcohol is...any substitutes? I live in Finland, I think we don't have it here.

The chemical name for it is Isopropyl Alcohol. It comes in different percentage concentrations--I know there is 70%, maybe I've seen around 50% too.  (I don't know what difference using a different concentration would make, I think 70% is most common and what I used.)  You may be able to find it at a drug store or in the beauty section.  It's often used as an antiseptic or a sanitizer.  It's called rubbing alcohol because you can also use it to relieve minor muscle aches by rubbing it on your skin.  You might be able to use some other type of alcohol as a substitute, I'm not sure!  The main point of it is that the pasta remains hard, not soggy--so water won't work!

As for safety concerns with kids ingesting it... I read the warnings on the bottle, and the label says that it will "produce serious gastric disturbances" if you drink it - so don't do that!  Shocked  BUT I am pretty sure that after the pasta dries out a little and the dye sets, most of the alcohol evaporates. I inspected my pasta, and it doesn't even smell remotely like the alcohol anymore.  If you have ever spilled a little bit of this stuff, you might notice that if you leave it there, it will evaporate away on its own after like 10 minutes.  If a kid was to put the pasta in their mouth, it would probabably not hurt them as long as they didn't eat a whole bag.

The label on the alcohol bottle also says to use it in a well ventilated area because of fumes.  It's true, the stuff is pretty stinky!  Before you store the finished pasta away in some closed container, you may want to let it air out a bit.  I put mine into a plastic bag right after it was dry, and when I got it home and opened it up... WHEW!  But I let the bag sit open for like 10 minutes, and now it has no odor at all.
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« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2004 09:22:49 PM »

those would be excellent poker chips!
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« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2004 07:05:24 AM »

Pasta crafts always make me think of Kramer's macoroni people on Seinfeld, hehe.

LOL .. I totally remember this..
Thats a neat idea.. I have kids and I think maybe this can have a spin put on it..
like those lost and found jars ..for kids ..
you put rice and little things in it for them to "find" when they shake it up..
if they find so many items they get points etc..
kind of like a travel game..
Im thinking these would be cute for a like tic tac toe game ina  baby food jar that has been decorated  or soemthing..
like tic tac toe on the go or somethign LOL ..
Brainstorming here.. kat


i saw that in a recent issue of family fun magazine. lost and found jars are a good thing for kids. keeps them busy
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« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2004 04:21:21 PM »

those colours are so bright! very impressive.

the alcohol will definitely evaporate. i'd be more concerned about kids eating a bunch of dried pasta without chewing properly (it's sharp to start with, and then it expands).
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« Reply #17 on: October 20, 2004 12:18:33 PM »

Oh, I love those!  I can picture some "love bead" type bead curtains made from them.  Maybe strung together with nylon thread or fishing line.

In college I sat next to an early childhood ed major in English class.  She always pulled the neatest things out of her bag, like home made play dough!
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« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2004 04:35:24 PM »

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OMG, I thought that too!!  If I were a teacher, I'd get in trouble for teaching the kids to play Blackjack.
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« Reply #19 on: October 31, 2004 07:09:11 AM »

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OMG, I thought that too!!  If I were a teacher, I'd get in trouble for teaching the kids to play Blackjack.

Great minds think alike. heh. I work in the education department of a museum, and we do stuff like that all the time with kids, anything to make them think art is fun. I don't think you'd get in trouble for teaching Blackjack, so long as you stressed the importance of the double-down.
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