Okay, so I know I’ve lured you in with the promise that these mad scientist jars will glow. I assure you they will when exposed to a black light! I wanted to photograph them as such, but when I flipped the power switch on my black light, it blinked and immediately fizzled out. So they’ve been photographed in a non-glowing state. Sigh.
Anyway, here’s what you’ll need:
- Plastic body parts
- Recycled glass jars
- Spray paint (optional)
- Liquid laundry soap
- A black light
1. Find glass jars in sizes to correspond with your plastic body parts. For the eyeballs, I used an applesauce jar; the hand is in a one gallon glass jar that once held pickle slices, rescued from the recycling bin at a local cafe. If you want, you can spray paint the lids of the jars to give them a uniform look and cover any logos or other writing on them.
2. Soak the jars in water to remove labels before you place the body parts inside.
3. Put the body parts inside the jars. Add water until the jars are almost full. Be aware that the body parts will probably float, and you may have to push them down to get them completely into the jars at the end.
4. Now it’s time for the secret ingredient – liquid laundry soap! This is what will make the contents of the jar glow in the black light. Add just enough soap that the water becomes slightly cloudy. Be careful not to add too much soap, as this will make the water so cloudy that you won’t be able to see the body parts.
5. Arrange the jars in front of a black light and enjoy!
As for me, I am adding a new black light bulb to my Christmas wish list. Oh well, they still look creepy and cool!
Happy Halloween, everyone!