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« Reply #20 on: November 11, 2009 05:01:43 PM »

wow.... how cool...I think Im going to have to try this with my class at school... they would get a kick out of it.......thanks for the idea
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« Reply #21 on: November 11, 2009 06:41:20 PM »

That's so pretty...and so simple!  Love it!
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« Reply #22 on: November 11, 2009 06:47:12 PM »

I've also never heard of this before.  I have everything I need to try this.  Does it work on paper as well?  It would make some really cool looking cards.

School kids do it on coffee filters, so paper works too.  Absorbent paper is better.  Just try it and see how it goes!  

Steve Spangler also wrote to me today about this project.  He is a science teacher/kid science guy who goes on Ellen and ...  oh gosh, I really should keep up with these things.. I love kid science, but I'm behind the times and I still think Bill Nye is The Science Guy.
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« Reply #23 on: November 11, 2009 07:49:15 PM »

What fun!  The Sharpie people just contacted me about this project on my blog!  This makes me wonder how the Sharpie people even know about my blog.... 


My guess is that they did a search or googled their name!! Missed something in the directions ... when did you put the fabric over "the glass" and have you done this on pieces larger than 1 inch?

Thank you, this is neat!! Oh ... one more question, does this only work with Sharpies?
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« Reply #24 on: November 11, 2009 08:43:46 PM »

We did this with our homeschool group, and we found it works better if you use the 91% isopropyl alcohol instead of the 70% kind. It helped the sharpie spread more quickly, then dried up a LOT faster Smiley

We found the 91% alcohol at Wal-Mart in the first aid stuff. The difference in the two is just how much water they have in them, and the water doesn't really do anything for your project so you might as well leave it out!
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« Reply #25 on: November 11, 2009 08:45:19 PM »

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Missed something in the directions ... when did you put the fabric over "the glass" and have you done this on pieces larger than 1 inch?

Thank you, this is neat!! Oh ... one more question, does this only work with Sharpies?

I didn't really write out the instructions since it is already explained in the two links I put up at the top of my post.  I used fabric squares that were large enough to cover a glass and be secured with a rubber band.  You can use coffee filters too, or probably even paper towels.  

We drew on the fabric when it was secured on the top of the glass.  The one inch measurement is how big you want your sharpie drawing to be, not the fabric.  You can experiment and see how various drawings work.  My daughter and I each had three glasses.  We found that by the time we did the third color burst, the first was ready to go to our drying area on a large old towel and we could continue a rotation.  Does that make sense?

I'm pretty sure you can do this with water soluble markers (these would be the ordinary kind kids usually use) but use water instead of rubbing alcohol.  It might separate differently than the sharpies.  It's a really easy craft, so you can just experiment with it.  Obviously, water soluble markers would not be permanent, even with a heat set.  

I assume that other brands of permanent markers will also work too.
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« Reply #26 on: November 11, 2009 08:47:57 PM »

We did this with our homeschool group, and we found it works better if you use the 91% isopropyl alcohol instead of the 70% kind. It helped the sharpie spread more quickly, then dried up a LOT faster Smiley

We found the 91% alcohol at Wal-Mart in the first aid stuff. The difference in the two is just how much water they have in them, and the water doesn't really do anything for your project so you might as well leave it out!

Good tip!  This was the 70% kind and it worked pretty well.

I'd guess that clear grain alcohol would also work if you happened to have that around.  More alcohol by volume=better  Wink
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« Reply #27 on: November 12, 2009 06:40:53 AM »

This is such a great project!  Smiley Thank you for sharing it! I just wonder if this will work through a washing machine to use on clothes? Is there something you can use to make it really permanent? Rockin'!!!

What fun!  The Sharpie people just contacted me about this project on my blog!  This makes me wonder how the Sharpie people even know about my blog.... 
They find you through clicks (referrals) from the link you posted in the blog post. They would also be able to track this post in the same manner. Some blog sites track referrals, but I don't think that Blogger, where your site is hosted, does.
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« Reply #28 on: November 12, 2009 06:49:16 AM »

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They find you through clicks (referrals) from the link you posted in the blog post. They would also be able to track this post in the same manner. Some blog sites track referrals, but I don't think that Blogger, where your site is hosted, does.

I didn't link to Sharpie, but as a corporation, they probably have servers that watch for this sort of thing.   Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: November 12, 2009 09:19:30 AM »

Thanks for the pics and links!  I've never heard of this before, this looks so neat!  I can't wait to do it! 
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