is a great project sure to brighten up any gloomy day. You can
experiment with every sort of shape and size of gelatin plastic you
create, even try to mix and match colors for some real surprises!
3 Envelopes Unflavored Gelatin
9 Tablespoons or 75 ml. Water
3-5 Drops of Food Coloring
flat plastic lid from 24 ounce coffee can, or a lid similar in size with
plastic drinking straw for punching holes
ice cream buckets and kitchen wipes (optional)
small cooking pan mix the water and food coloring over low heat. Add 3
envelopes of unflavored gelatin, stir continuously and cook for 30
seconds until thickened. Pour the mixture into a plastic lid, push the
air bubbles to the edge with a spoon and let it set on the counter for
45 minutes. Remove the flexible gelatin disk from the lid. The gelatin
will be pliable. Here's when you pull out the cookie cutters to cut
shapes. Be sure to keep any odd shaped scraps, too. Or, use a scissors
to cut a spiral. Poke a straw in shapes and spiral to punch holes and,
if you like, thread the "punched out circles" onto a string as beads.
Dry shapes and scraps on a cooling rack. Hang spirals from a clothesline
using clothespins. They'll be hard as plastic in 2-3 days.
To prevent curling:
they dry, the pieces tend to curl up and bend which is part of the fun.
But if you want to keep some pieces nearly flat for a special use like
jewelry, here's what to do: take a plastic ice cream bucket, put a
kitchen wipe or loosely woven cloth over the top and place your cut-outs
and scraps on the cloth. Cut the center out of a lid that fits the
bucket, put another wipe over the top of the gelatin shapes, then press
the lid tightly over the top to hold the two sheets firmly in place
Allow the shapes to dry completely between the sheets. An embroidery
hoop will function in the same way.
Important note: Adult supervision and participation is required for
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