I love to play with jelly marbles! These polymer orbs have so many uses, from play to gardening to home decorating to party fun and who only knows how many other uses!
Who could ever guess that a pinch of tiny rock-hard “things” would grow into beautiful crystal-clear orbs, hundreds of times their original size!
The snow is finally gone and the weather has been spring-like for a few days, and this always makes me want to have fresh flowers in my house. In my house, fresh flowers in a vase also means getting out the jelly marbles. The marbles are often used in gardening of all kinds because they are mostly water and will hydrate your plants for weeks. That’s right. If there are jelly marbles underneath each of your flowers or vegetables, you can go on vacation and not worry about your garden. These jelly marbles are also used in dry areas, to help keep the plants hydrated. But I digress. Back to ME.
Just a pinch of dried-out jelly marbles in a vase, and in an hour they look like this:
Now, I could have left the flowers in the jelly marbles and they would have been fine. But I wanted to take the magic a step further.
Oh, the water jelly marbles are still there. I just added some water. The clear water jelly marbles are now invisible. If you put your hand in there, you would feel them; they would feel like eyeballs, but that’s for a Halloween post later on. . . .
When the orbs start to show, that means I need to add more water.
Polymer science is one of my favorite areas, and Spangler Science’s almost-magical Water Jelly Marbles are one of my favorite products. They’re inexpensive, and a pinch goes a long way. They’re also indestructible; if you get tired of the way you’ve been using them, just put them in a bowl and let them dry out. When you’re ready to use them again, add water and they’ll burst into bloom.
Why not order some today? It’s time to think about gardening. and it’s always time for some science play!
Today is St. Patrick’s Day – add a few drops of green food coloring to your vase of orbs! They take the color beautifully! Don’t know if you believe that? Check this out, then:
And who WOULDN’T want a bowl of invisible eyeballs? But you’ll have to wait for that one.