Looking for a lesson on dissolving that results in something stunning to hang? Gelatine Suncatchers! The science is learning about dissolving. The craft is a beautiful hanging suncatcher as a result of the science.
Ages: Assisted from 3.
On your marks...
Moulds: Silicone moulds, shallow lids, ramekins, any vessel that will hold liquid and looks cool
Stiring stick: toothpick, craft stick, kebab stick...
Adult supervision is required around boiling water.
Place 1 teaspoon of gelatine into your chosen mould. Pour in hot water to just cover the base of the mould. Using the teaspoon stir until the gelatine has dissolved. Stir gently to avoid bubbles forming in the gelatine mix. Remove any bubbles that have formed as they will create holes in your sun catcher.
|Chook is smelling the scent the gelatine gives off.|
Once you are happy with your colour work. Leave the mixture to dry in a safe place. It will need three or four days to dry completly out.
*Tip: I discovered that moving the tray to it's drying spot caused the colours mix even further, making the design muddy not that gorgeous marbling effect you see in the picture. If you can create your suncatcher where it is going to dry and not move it you will retain this beautiful marbling :)
You will know it is ready because it will start to come away from the edges of the mould, it feels hard and when you tap it, it sounds crisp.
Once dry, remove it from the mould, punch a hole through the top and tie some string through the hole. Hang where ever it pleases you and your kids :).
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Chook - 37 months