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How to make a slide? Answered

I wanna Making slides.. I have a microscope at home and I dont know how to make slides... So please tell me which slides I can make and how to make




8 years ago

Slides are made of glass, so you would probably need a furnace, some silica sand, leaf blower etc. First, melt the glass, then squish it flat, then let it cool of by air. And I don't know if it'll be clear or not. You're better off just buying them.

Ninja Dude1

8 years ago

=Scrape your cheek with a toothpick and rub it on a slide =Usualy you will see little critters =YAY LOL (:


10 years ago

The easiest is the classic onion-cell slide.

You need: a slide, a cover slip, iodine solution, and a piece of fresh onion.

  • Take a piece of onion and gently crack it so that a thin layer holds the two broken pieces together.
  • Gently peel off this thin layer and lay it as smoothly as possible on the slide. It should be possible to do this with fingernails, but tweezers or forceps might help.
  • Add a few drops of iodine to the onion. A chemical reaction between the iodine and the starch in the onion colours the cells and shows up details.
  • Gently lay the coverslip onto the drops of iodine. Lay one edge down first, then lower it carefully to avoid air bubbles.
  • Touch a scrap of tissue or paper towel to the edge of the coverslip to absorb excess iodine solution.
  • Place the slide under the microscope and observe.

Don't forget - always start looking at a slide on the lowest magnification, with the stage as low as possible or the barrel as high as possible. It is easy to put a high-magnification objective lens through a slide if you are careless.

Answer 10 years ago

Or you could try a leaf-cast:

  • Paint clear nail-varnish onto the upper and lower surfaces of various leaves (in the middle, not to the edge).
  • Leave the nail varnish to dry completely.
  • Use a needle or pin to lift the edge of the patch of varnish, then peel it off.

Gently lay the cast on a slide and observe by both transmitted and incident light. If you get good casts, you will see some interesting features, as well as differences between surfaces.