Make Flowers Glow in the Dark With Highlighter Fluid and UV Light

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Introduction: Make Flowers Glow in the Dark With Highlighter Fluid and UV Light


In this video we make white carnation flowers glow in the dark when exposed to ultraviolet light.

What we're essentially going is making them fluorescent. To do this we get a fluorescent highlighter and open it up to get the foam ink cartridge. Then squeeze a few drops of the ink into a cup of water. Place the base of a white carnation flower into the solution and cut the stem underneath. Leave the flower overnight for the solution to absorb through.

The next day, simply shine an ultraviolet light onto the flower to cause the fluorescent dye to glow.

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I went a little crazy with it...

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*jaw drops* dude, that is a bit crazy.. but AWESOME! Don't give it to ur cat though *chuckles* jk

love it

Nice one

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Would it work, say, if you cut away a shape in the stem, say, a star, and then seperated it out into it into which colours you want?

i dont quite understand what you mean, but have you ever seen or heard of rainbow roses ? theyr made by splitting the stem, placing each stem piece in coloured water and they soak up each difference colour to produce a so called 'rainbow'

http://thefuntimesguide.com/images/blogs/a-bunch-of-rainbow-roses-for-sale-by-Gertrud-K.jpg (genuinely not photoshopped btw)

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Sorry, I didn't really explian it very well. What I mean is, you split the stem to form a basic image in the centre of the stem, then dip only that centre into a colour and the offcuts into a different colour, so you end up with a shape of your choice on the flower.

This is so cool. I can't wait to have some fun with this. Thanks!

random but so cool!

just wondering in the way of colours go? are there any others that can be done easily?
do they stay fluorescent if they are dried?

any whay to make them with the glow in the dark powder stuff, so you dont need the light?

could this be done to a lliving plant with out killing it some how?