“Magic” Paper Baubles – A fun tutorial

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Aren’t these pretty? We used a basic form of Chromatography (sorry I’m a Chemistry teacher!) to create these paper bubbles and you can do it too!

You need:

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  • A small glass with water in (any volume will do, but the more full, the quicker the magic happens!)
  • A pipecleaner
  • Felt pens or inks
  • Filter paper cut in the shape of a bauble (coffee filter paper works best, but any paper will work, some just take longer than others!)

It really is easy. Draw on your cut out bauble shapes – you only need a little bit of felt tip.

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Then make a small hole in the middle and place the pipe cleaner through it (paper MUST touch the pipe cleaner). Then place on top of the glass containing water, making sure the other end of the pipe cleaner is in the water.

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And wait…

Here is a more simple design:

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After a while:

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And after even longer…

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Once content with how it looks, you need to carefully remove the paper from the pipecleaner.

Be creative with your pens and see what you can create!

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It will appear like magic to little ones who have no understanding of the different solubilities of different dyes in water.

Here are some more:

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Once you have a few, and they are dry, you can attach them to some string and have a chromatography bauble string.

Enjoy!

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