Archive for January, 2016
How to Make a Glass That Predicts the Weather
What you Need
You will need a glass or beaker that can be sealed. Consider a flask or test tube that can be plugged with a cork or rubber stopper. You will also need a nice piece of wood to serve as the base along with a glue that will join the glass and wood together. You will also need a set of beakers for mixing chemicals along with protective goggles, gloves and perhaps an apron. You will also need the following ingredients:
2 ½ grams of potassium nitrate
2 ½ grams of ammonium chloride
40 milliliters of ethanol
35 milliliters of distilled water
10 grams of natural camphor
Camphor is a popular and readily-available essential oil, and potassium nitrate and ammonium chloride are also easy to obtain.
The first step is to fill the beaker with water before carefully adding the potassium nitrate and ammonium chloride. Mix the ethanol and camphor in another beaker and place into a larger beaker that is filled with warm water. This will help to mix the two items together completely. Once the temperatures have equalized between the inner and outer beaker, add the water and other items to the camphor and ethanol mix. Stir for a few seconds and remove from the water. Pour into your glass or flask and seal. Attach to the base and allow everything to set for a few hours.
You should start to notice changes in the characteristics of the liquid after about six hours. These changes will generally correspond to the current or altering weather patterns in your immediate vicinity.
Apply this general rule of thumb to weather forecasting:
If the water in the jar remains clear, the weather will also be clear. The liquid will develop small, crystalline stars during the winter if snow is on the way. If the water becomes cloudy, you can expect clouds to form along with a chance of rain or snow. If thread-like structures form on the top of the container, then it will start to get windy outside. Crystals that form on the bottom of the container may indicate that frost will form overnight. Large flakes throughout the liquid can indicate either cloudy days in the summer or the arrival of snow in the winter. Finally, if you start to see some dots forming in the center of the liquid, this could indicate the looming formation of fog.
While these characteristics have been known to correspond to upcoming weather conditions, this method doesn’t do a good job making extended predictions. It is simply a rudimentary tool that provides a general overview of what can be expected to occur in the near future as the liquid reacts to changes in temperature, moisture and barometric pressure. However, if you’re ever in a situation where you can’t get an accurate forecast, this ingenious device can help you to prepare for imminent changes.
Try it out for yourself and see whether or not you notice any changes in the characteristics of the liquid as different weather patterns move through. This will give you an idea of how much lead-time you can expect from using this device in order to prepare for altering weather conditions as quickly as possible.
Simple DIY Heat and Ice Packs that Work
Ice Packs are very simple to make. All you need is water, some rubbing alcohol and a zip lock freezer bag. Mix three parts water to one part alcohol and pour into the bag until it is about 2/3 full. Remove as much air as possible, seal and place in the freezer for a few hours. The mixture will form into a slushy gel that will remain cold for a longer period of time than ice alone. You can also use a glob of hand sanitizer gel along with some water and achieve similar results. The only drawback to this option is that it only works when a freezer or some snow is nearby.
One ingenious and time-honored trick is to take a sock and fill it with either uncooked oatmeal, rice, flax seed or even buckwheat. Try to use a sock large enough to hold four five cups of the filling of your choice. You can either tie off the top of the sock or sew it shut. Just make sure that you don’t use tape. It can produce toxins as the sock is being microwaved later. Consider sewing it shut because this will produce a longer-lasting seal and allow you to reuse this trick later if necessary.
Once the top of the sock has been sealed, place it in the microwave for three minutes. The dried food inside will heat up while the fabric will protect the skin from getting scorched. Apply the treatment in 10-15 minute intervals. Reheat as necessary and make sure that the skin is not showing signs of irritation or burning.
You can also make a batch of homemade muscle rub that will produce cool and hot sensations. This trick requires that you obtain a number of what’s called “essential oils” that are derived from certain plants. Here’s a basic recipe that you can improvise as necessary:
¼ cup of coconut oil
¼ cup of olive oil
1 tbsp of natural beeswax
¼ teaspoon of peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils.
¼ teaspoon of either ground or oil of ginger and cloves as well as black pepper.
Make a double boiler and add the coconut and olive oil along with the ginger, black pepper and cloves. Let it simmer over low heat for about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and pour the mixture through a paper funnel or coffee filter into another cup or bowl. It may take a while for the oil to strain, but once it’s finished, add the eucalyptus and peppermint oils. Melt the beeswax and pour into the oil mixture. Stir so everything mixes evenly.
The mixture will firm up as it cools, but will take on the consistency of a gel or cream. If the finished product is too runny, consider melting and adding some more beeswax. If it is too firm, add some more oil. Experiment with specific proportions until it becomes just right. You can also adjust the portions of the oils and substitute the pepper for stronger varieties if necessary. Store the finished product in an airtight container and use when needed.
Try these ideas out for yourself and improvise in order to make them better. Keep a couple on hand for emergencies or to supplement some products that you already have in the home.