Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Jack Frost

We couldn't very well celebrate the season without mention of Jack Frost! I remember as a child waking up to frost on the windows. It was like someone created amazing, magical crystal lace overnight and I felt like I could just stare at the intricacy of it forever. I still feel like I could, in fact. Now when I see frost I also think of fractals and how amazing it would be to have colored frost! Of course scraping car windows pretty much lessens my appreciation of frost but that's not something I have to do often where I live now.

For those of you in warmer climes who are feeling so inclined, you can make your own window frost with epsom salts and beer. I haven't tried this yet but I'm going to. If I get good results I'll post a picture for you.

1)Dissolve 4 heaping tablespoons of Epsom salts in 1 cup of beer in a mixing bowl. The mixture will foam up, so make sure that the bowl is deep.

2)Allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes at room temperature.

3)Use a wash cloth to apply the mixture to your window, using a sweeping motion across the window as if you were washing it. While the window is still wet, go back and dab at it with the damp rag. This will make the frost crystals look more realistic when they dry.

4)Let dry overnight. The 'frost' can be washed away with water when you've had enough of it!

Happy Jack-Frosting!


LUCKY said...

O frost its fun to a point sliding on aspalt with tennys on but finding out you cant locate your ice scraper and ya have to use a credit card then the darn thing breaks o the fun!!!!

ElderSisColdAstronomer said...

It's cold and snowing here! I'll give ya Jack Frost!!