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Blooming Teas and Magic Rocks [Dec. 13th, 2008|09:59 am]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Is anybody else obsessed with "Blooming Teas?" (aka "Flowering Teas")

They're those little balled up/tied up tea leaf/flower bundles that you pour hot water over, and they open up into beautiful bouquets. And of course tasty teas. I love them! Here's a better description

I think I'm fascinated with them the same way I used to be with "Magic Rocks." Remember "Magic Rocks" (These things here).

I was really into chemistry when I was younger - I had a pretty cool chemistry set, and I figured out how to make my own Magic Rocks by adding various metallic salts. Sometimes (against all precautions, don't do this) I would put random chemicals in there with the crystals and chlorides - once there was some sort of ferrous stuff that turned into what looked like tiny poppy flowers - I could never replicate it again. Instead of using watered down silicates like the commercial magic rocks used, I instead would use a two-part silica gel that hardened, and it would keep them forever. I wasted so many test-tubes and beakers doing that, lol.

Next house I buy, I'm going to make sure I have a laboratory! =)

Better go back to work, I am doing a ton of concept art for some upcoming projects that should be bad-ass.

[User Picture]From: ___psychedelia
2008-12-13 03:23 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, those flowering teas look beautiful. I've never heard of those before!
I still make the 'magic rocks'! For my birthday my friends bought me loads of 'magic crystal gardens' and I'm still working my way through them. Your experiments sound interesting, I think one of the sets I used was past it's sell-by-date because two sachets of the gel had hardened. I broke it down and used it anyway and though the garden took a little longer to form, it was much more hardy than ususal!
Amazing stuff.
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[User Picture]From: virtualcardsuk
2008-12-13 06:10 pm (UTC)
*Fears mad scientist Jasmine* :P

Seriously though, if you enjoy it you should do it. :)

Have a great weekend.

Steven x
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[User Picture]From: kimbearlys
2008-12-13 06:49 pm (UTC)

Jasmine the scientist?

How cute. I can picture you now. Hopefully you had the little glasses on. At least you didn't create anything that exploded... or did you??? HaHa.
Getting back to normal here after all that has gone on with my mom. Hope all is well with the family. I think of you guys often.
Take care!
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[User Picture]From: slytherin13
2008-12-13 07:35 pm (UTC)
They have some AMAZING ones in Hong Kong!! I totally meant to buy some last time I was there. I love them too! When I go back I'll get you a good one! (Though I don't know when I'm traveling again--budget cuts...think I don't go again until April maybe)
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[User Picture]From: novemberhour
2008-12-13 11:10 pm (UTC)
I love flowering teas! Lots of the little tea-shops here in Seattle seem to have them. And I remember Magic Rocks, too, although I think we only got them once.
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[User Picture]From: boogarshadow
2008-12-13 11:12 pm (UTC)

In Junior high, my science teacher would let me stay afterschool or during lunch and make strange saturated solutions to make crystals from! I made some strange looking things..and once on accident I made gun powder! O_O

P.s. did you get my email that I will be out there in WDW on Feb 8-14?? Think you can come and meet us for dinner or something at the park? (I would drive to see you but I dont know if we are renting a car or not)
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[User Picture]From: ulaluma
2008-12-13 11:14 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: darklingwoods
2008-12-15 05:24 am (UTC)
hee, no I wasn't obsessed with them but now I must try them!

I remember magic rocks! I'm a quite a bit older and we made a concoction at school using blueing the rocks grew overnight. I can still remember the wonderful colors and shapes of them!

I do hope you paint a Jasmine scientist fairy!

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[User Picture]From: sweetkisses13
2008-12-18 06:34 am (UTC)
I can see you as the Scientist with gorgeous wings. ;)

Those look gorgeous. I've never seen them before. I'm going to have to try them someday. =)

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[User Picture]From: nemorth
2008-12-20 08:12 am (UTC)
I want to get one of those tea sets with the pot and various teas. My kids think they are very cool.
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