Introduction: How to Make Fake Snow!

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This is my guide on how to make fake snow out of everyday materials! If you live in Texas or other hot country where there isn't any snow, you can make your own winter wonderland!

Ingredients:
- sodium polyacrylate
     -can be found in disposable diapers
     -can be found in garden materials


Step 1: Buy

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First buy a pack of disposable diapers for about $3. Check if they are the ones with sodium polyacrylate.
If they are, buy them. After you open the pack of diapers, you may be wondering where the sodium polyacrylate is.
At the bottom of the diaper, there is a part where there is a packet of a white powder sewn in. Cut open the diaper and pour this material into a container! Do the rest with the rest of the diapers.

Step 2: Mad Scientist Part

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All you need to do to make this type of fake snow is add water to the sodium polyacrylate. Add some water, mix the gel. Add more water until you have the desired amount of wetness. The stuff will not dissolve. It's just a matter of how 'slushy' you want your snow. Usually it will produce more snow and sometimes overflow....
Sodium polyacrylate 'snow' feels cold to the touch because it is mainly water. You can also make it extra cold by putting this "snow" into the freezer and waiting 10 minutes. The snow will not melt, instead it will dry. If it dries out, you can rehydrate it by adding water.

It should look something like this:

Step 3: Why?

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Superabsorbent polymers is the cause of this. Superabsorbent polymers (SAP) (also called slush powder) are polymers that can absorb  extremely large amounts of a liquid to their own mass. They can also create snow using that method. But if there is too much water, it will become like a gel. 
Sodium polyacrylate, also known as waterlock, is a polymer with the chemical formula [-CH2-CH(COONa)-]n widely used in consumer products. It has the ability to absorb as much as 200 to 300 times its mass in water. Acrylate polymers generally are considered to have an anionic charge. While sodium neutralized polyacrylates are the most common form used in industry, there are also other salts available including potassium, lithium and ammonium.

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Comments

RachelL130 (author)2017-11-29

When you make it, how does it actually work for flocking of trees etc - does it dry out eventually and stick to the branches of the tree, does it need to be glued on and does it dry out at all?

zaniyaha (author)2015-12-18

cool but what if you don't have that type of money

Bergamot (author)2012-02-13

Wow! That's really, really cool!

rocketman7 (author)Bergamot2012-02-13

thanks! now you can make your own snow!

stefdog (author)rocketman72014-08-25

this is the best snow ever

文邱 made it! (author)2014-05-18

That's make a snowman

http://pansci.tw/archives/48095

Guy1234 (author)2012-02-14

Cool!

rocketman7 (author)Guy12342012-02-18

thanks

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