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Edible Crystal Glass Charm

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Crystal Glass Charm

1 cup of sugar
food coloring
cookie sheet
heavy stainless steel or nonstick fry pan
wooden spoon
oven mitts
Professor (Adult)

  • Butter the cookie sheet and place in the refrigerator.
  • Ask the professor to help Pour the sugar into the frying pan. Place a few drops of food coloring into the pan.
  • Slowly heat the sugar until it melts — this will seem like it takes forever but all good spells take time to brew. Keep stirring the sides of the pan to get all of the sugar melted.
  • The sugar will mix into clumps and then slowly melt.
  • Once the sugar is completely melted, with a Parent Wizard’s help, pour the mixture onto the chilled cookie sheet.
  • Let glass cool. Then carefully remove the glass from the cookie sheet. Eat and enjoy!

    The Science Behind the Spell:

  • Glass is made of sand, soda and lime, or to be more precise, silicon dioxide, sodium oxide and calcium oxide.
  • Sugar is made up of crystals just like sand.
  • When the sugar is heated, the sugar molecules break apart. The molecules reconnect as the sugar syrup cools forming a clear solid.
  • Silicon dioxide, the main ingredient in sand, is one of the most abundant resources on earth.
  • Glass can be made stronger than steel (think about the glass tanks at any major marine aquarium that holds thousands of gallons of water) or more delicate than paper.
  • Did you know? The fake glass bottles and windows that the cowboys broke in western movies were made of sugar glass.
  • Fiber optic cable is made of glass and carries far more information than the same size wire cable.
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