Floral Water Gel

What I Did With Floral Water Gel During My Summer Vacation

Floral water gel is one of my favorite potion bottle fillers.  It looks like liquid, it’s easy to use, and lasts for years. 
All it takes is a pan of hot water to turn it from a solid to liquid, and then it cools back into a solid state at room temperature.  This is great for me because I have a habit of changing my mind, so I can always just reheat it and start over.

Word to the wise, make sure you are completely satisfied with your bottle contents before you put your label on.
When adding larger objects I pour some gel in the potion bottle and wait until it cools completely.  Add a few objects, pour more gel water, let it cool and repeat in layers.  For smaller stuff like glitter, keep stirring until the gel starts to thicken.  After the gel has cooled some settling will occur. 

Store bottles upright, or the gel will shift slowly over time.
Heat is what makes it liquid, being in the Midwest this isn’t a problem for me, but if you live in a warmer climate you might want to use a hard resin water instead and that is a completely different animal. 

The instructions that come with it have a lot to say about getting rid of bubbles, like most things in life, I do the opposite.  I like to pour it in a slow, thin stream, to make lots of tiny bubbles or blow air in with a straw to make big bubbles.
I’ve had mixed results trying to add coloring and other objects. I'll continue to update this as I experiment with different things.

Experiment # 637.a3 - Acrylic Paint
Acrylic paint mixes very nicely. For a hint of color paint the inside of the bottle and let it dry and then fill with water gel, some of the paint will stay on the bottle and some will run off into the gel.

Experiment# 152.7b – Food Coloring
Food coloring in either liquid or gel does not mix the best.  Some of it mixes and some of it separates into droplets that sink to the bottom.  See Snake Oil and Spider Venom

Experiment # 253.1 - Dye Tablets
I’ve tried both egg dyes and bath water colorants they don’t mix at.  The granules break up and eventually sink to the bottom.  Next time I’ll try making a paste out of the tablets first and see what happens. See Zombie Juice

Experiment# 948.x – Rubber
An odd thing happens when you add soft squishy rubber objects.  They appear to partly absorb the water expanding slightly and becoming translucent.  Also any colorants will leach out, which is actually an easy way to color the water.  See Mongolian Death Worms

Experiment# y768.4 – Soft Fishing Bait
So far I've only tried the scented ones. I tried them covered in the stinky slime they were packaged in and with it washed off.  Either way they shriveled up into crispy strips, but they did color the water well. I think if you used twice as much to make up for the shrinkage it would look good.  See Rough Skinned Newts

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