chemkitBy Edith Adams, November 9, 1955

Here’s a recipe collection you’ll value when the rain falls and children ask, “What can I do now, mummy?”

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SOAP BUBBLES: Mix together equal amounts of liquid detergent and water.

MODELLING CLAY: Place 1 cup salt and 1/2 cup of cornstarch in  top of double boiler. Stir well. Add 3/4 cup cold water and stir until thick. Add food colouring, if desired, as it cooks. Spoon onto waxed paper. Let cool. Knead. Store in a sealed jar.

FINGER PAINT: Mix together 3 cups water and 1 cup commercial wallpaper paste. Colour, if desired, by adding food colouring or poster paint.

PASTE FOR SCRAP BOOKS: Combine 1/2 pint sifted flour with 1 pint cold water to make a smooth paste. Add 1 quart boiling water and cook until smooth. Slowly add 1/2 ounce glycerine, 2 1/4 ounces alum and 1 dram oil of wintergreen. Store in a sealed jar. Or use commercial wallpaper paste.

CHEMICAL GARDEN: Mix together 6 tablespoons salt, 6 tablespoons liquid blueing,  6 tablespoons water and 1 tablespoon liquid ammonia. Pour over clinker, broken brick or piece of coke. Place in an unwanted shallow dish. Grease edges with Vaseline so growth won’t spread over edges. Dab the brick with Mercurochrome or food colouring.

POMANDER BALLS: Stick an orange with cloves so that all the skin is covered. Roll clove-stuck orange in orrisroot or talcum powder or sachet that has been seasoned with cinnamon. Wrap in several thicknesses of tissue. Store for several weeks to dry and develop fragrance. Keep among clothes and linens.

NEWSPAPER CLAY FOR MODELLING: Take 11 newspaper pages (single sheets). Cut into 1-inch strips. Fold and snip into 1/4-inch pieces. Place in large bowl. Add 2 34 medium cups of thin wallpaper paste (use commercial ready-to-mix paste). Mix with potato masher until soft pulp is formed. Mold to shape. Paint as desired. Huge snowballs can be made with this mix, then coated with quick setting white plaster. Makes lovely Christmas decorations. Snowmen could also be made with this method.

CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS: Melt 1 pound of parawax. Colour it with butts of old coloured candles or oil pigment. Sprinkle any sparkle or artificial snow in the bottom of a flat dish or pan. Pour in the melted wax. Cut into figures while still warm, using a cookie cutter- stars, gingerbread men, etc. Sprinkle sparkle on top of the cutout. Pierce tiny holes in the ornaments with a nail or orange stick. Put a string or ribbon through to hang on Christmas tree.

CHRISTMAS ‘TREES’: May be coloured with white wash, ‘silver’, ‘gold’ or any other metallic paints or any paint followed by a ‘snow’ dusting, red nail polish, commercial snow spray. Use equal parts of shellac and wood alcohol, followed with a dusting of metallic powder.

 

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