We like to take our time creating products that mean something here in the lab to turn out exciting and innovative accessories to share with all of you.
We really like the idea of crafting these masterpieces inside of a space we call a lab; the aesthetic of a laboratory in the classic sense is fun—all goggle, beakers, and lab coats. In the spirit, get out your lab coat (it can be an apron) and get to work on some of these homespun experiments for adults and kids, alike.
Crank the music in our favorite iPhone 5 amplifier case and focus on your inner-mad-scientist.
Transparent, Bouncing Egg
You know that sounds fun. It’s easy, too. Simply soak an egg in vinegar for an extended period. We recommend 48 hours. A chemical reaction occurs between the acids in the vinegar and the calcium carbonate in the eggshell, making it translucent and rubbery to the touch. You can then gently bounce your egg, or squeeze it to feel its strange composition. Extended bouncing will result in an eggy mess, so don’t get too carried away.
Homemade Lava Lamp
Remember when lava lamps blew your mind? Oh, right, they still do. This is another easy one. Fill a glass vase or other glass bottle with oil, leaving about a third of the glass for water, which you’ll add next. Add 5 drops of food coloring. Add Alka Seltzer® tablets, ¼ at a time, only adding more when the bubbling slows. This is a functional, energy-efficient lava lamp. If you’re really in the mood, blast some Led Zeppelin through your iPhone 5 case and turn on some black lights.
Oobleck is the classic mixture of cornstarch (2 cups) and water (1 cup), which creates a viscous, alien-seeming substance. Mix it up, play with it until you’re satisfied, then make it dance by laying it across a thin cookie sheet and placing the sheet atop a subwoofer with bassy tones. Add food coloring to take it to the next level.
Isn’t lab work fun? You’d think more people would become scientists. Enjoy the above experiments with music blasting for optimum results. The more psychedelic the music, the more you will enjoy these fun forays into the unknown depths of science.