Monday, February 13, 2012

Jurassic Amber Fossil Soap

What is amber? "Amber is the fossilized resin from ancient forests. Amber is not produced from tree sap, but rather from plant resin. This aromatic resin can drip from and ooze down trees, as well as fill internal fissures, trapping debris such as seeds, leaves, feathers and insects. The resin becomes buried and fossilized through a natural polymerization of the original organic compounds." via Academic Emporia

soap molds
glycerin soap
toy bugs
food coloring (yellow, orange, red)

how to:
1. Lightly oil a soap mold (you can use an ice cube tray or cups). Next, place your toy bugs face down in the mold.
2. Melt glycerin soap in the microwave. Squirt yellow food coloring in, or mix yellow food coloring with a teeny bit of red or orange to get more of an amber color. Once you have your desired hue, add the food coloring to the melted soap and stir.
3. Pour your melted, colored soap into the mold on top of your bugs. Let set and then pop the soap out of the mold. Now, you have your very own amber fossil with an insect encased inside!

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