For years I've been wanting to make crystal gardens with the kids. Finally, we did it. We used the popular ammonia & liquid bluing recipe.
Ammonia, salt, liquid bluing, water, tp & paper towel rolls, cotton balls & foil pans.
|The beginning of the gardens.|
We placed the cardboard tubes & cotton balls in the tins, then poured the ammonia solution randomly over the cardboard & cotton. Then, I gave the kids food coloring bottles & let them squeeze color onto their garden.
|One garden with a variety of colors.|
|Capt. N's garden of blues & green.|
This one got off to a quicker start than the other two for some reason. The day after creating the garden it had many fabulous crystals.
|It really was an interesting experience seeing how the liquid solution turned into so many crystals.|
|We added the ammonia solution a few different times throughout the course of the project.|
The project turned out great, but I'm not going to rush & do it again. I don't use ammonia & bought it special for this. I've heard that it stinks. I wasn't prepared, though, for how bad it really does stink. And, I could smell it long after we added it to the gardens. That smell lingers. I would rather have paint slopped all over the house, than have to smell that. So, I'm going back to paint projects and avoiding stinky ammonia science projects for awhile.