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At the risk of restarting the snowglobe epidemic...
Snowglobes are really fantastic, except for the fact that
they are basically crap. 50ml of water and some white
plastic granules just doesn't capture the stately majesty
one of nature's finest meteorological displays. Swirl
settle. That's it.
Howevertheless, there is a possible improvement. To
better recreate the scale and speed of a snowstorm, the
liquid needs to be considerably more viscous. Glycerol
a glycerol-water mix) might do nicely; in fact, the
could be chosen depending on the scale of the scene
depicted in the snowglobe.
It would also help if the flakes were smaller - a quick
survey of scale sizes in various snowglobes in the
household suggests that the snowflakes have a scale size
between six inches and three feet across - clearly
So. Finer snow, and a more viscous fluid, to create
realisticer snowglobe scenes. If anyone can think of
something I could add to make this more interesting,
please feel free to let me know.
<edit> And clouds. <\edit>
||I have a sand box with shells you shake and they arrange themselves in a different way each time. What if a snow globe had little houses and people or horses, with just enough extra weight on the bottoms or legs that they'd land upright and create a different scene every time you shook it.?
||Isn't that what they do in Kansas? I always assumed
that was why horses had iron shoes.
||// If anyone can think of something I could add to make this more interesting, please feel free to let me know.
||Clouds. It doesn't snow without clouds. Always felt this was an oversight.
||Why not make a clear acrylic snow globe and suspended the glitter in the clear polymer so it looks like it is snowing all the time? At the very least use that clear corn syrup and glitter.
||With the right blend of reagents, could the liquid not be designed to slowly precipitate white powder? Perhaps the reaction could be reversed by heating and shaking.
||Now that, [poc], is an excellent idea.