Introduction: Glow in the Dark Lava Lamp

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• Mason Jar
• 2/3 Cup Water
• 1 Cup Vegetable oil
• 1 or more Alka-Seltzer tablet(s)
• 2 Glow Sticks
• Scissors or Knife

Time: Approx. 5 minutes

Step 1: Add Vegetable Oil

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Add 1 cup of vegetable oil.

Step 2: Add Water

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Add 2/3 cup water into the jar. Wait 30 seconds until the water has mostly settled to the bottom.

Step 3: Crack Glow Stick

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Crack and shake one glow stick until it is completely lit up.

*Contents of glow sticks may be dangerous if ingested 

Step 4: Cut Off Top of Glow Stick

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Holding the glow stick upright, take scissors or a knife and cut off the top of the glow stick. 

* Use caution when using scissors or knife.

Step 5: Empty Contents of Glow Sticks Into Jar

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Empty contents of the glow stick into jar. Do not mix or stir.

Repeat steps 3-5 with the second glow stick.

Step 6: Add Alka-Seltzer & Watch

Drop one Alka-Seltzer tablet into the jar to give the jar the lava lamp effect. 

Add another tablet after the first completely dissolves if desired. 

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Camelionout (author)2017-11-06

is it really hard to make?

AlexisL1 (author)2015-03-20

this is really cool :) :D

Camelionout (author)AlexisL12017-11-06

yeah it is really cool, but is this hard to do?

1727017 (author)2017-03-02

Will it explode

cheryl1428 (author)2017-01-07

it was amazing for my science fair thank you :)

EstherL18 (author)2016-06-09

can u use highlighters to make them glow?

dancingowl123 (author)2014-07-17

Is there anything u can use instead of alka-seltzer tablets?

eugene10 (author)2014-02-06

this is awesome thanks

cestes1 (author)2013-11-20

How long will this glow for? I thought glow sticks only lasted 12-24 hours.

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