Magic Eight Ball
This is a project that I have done several times from Familyfun.com. It is a make your own Magic Eight ball. Remember them from when you were a kid? You shake the ball while it is upside down, ask it a question, turn it right side up and see what answer you are given. Sort of like a fortune teller…
We used a large baby food jar, a small styrofoam ball, a piece of white foam (sheet), permanent marker, Model Magic Clay (yellow for this one), and E600 glue. Oh and water – can’t forget that.
First you take the styrofoam ball and flatten the sides making it into a cube. Then you glue a small section of the foam sheet onto all six sides using the E600 glue. That glue will remain strong in water for years – we have some Magic Eight balls that are three years old with no sign of glue weakening. On each of the six sides write an answer to the questions that will be asked. I use YES, MAYBE, NOT YET, YOU BET, DOUBTFUL, NO. The answer must be written in permanent marker in order to remain legible while under water. Let the glue and permanent marker dry thoroughly.
Fill your jar with water as high as you can go. Place the totally dry styrofoam/foam cube into the water (it will float). Put some E600 around the rim of the baby food jar and screw on the cover. Do not go farther than this step until you are 100% sure the glue is dry and there is no water leaking from the jar. If there is, put another coat of E600 glue around the lower rim of the cap and try to get a seal there.
Once your jar is totally sealed and dry – you need to cover it with a product to make it less “breakable”. It is glass and glass and children are not a good combination. The Model Magic clay will dry and keep some cushioning in its structure allowing you to feel comfortable the glass won’t break. Cover the jar upside down. Start at the cap (the Model Magic must cover the full bottom of the jar or you still risk breakage) and bring the Model Magic all the way up wrapping it around the curved portion of the bottom of the jar leaving only the flat portion exposed. Because I used a large baby food jar I needed to use two packages of Model Magic clay. I didn’t mind though because I want it to be as cushioned as possible and a thin layer of Model Magic does not achieve that. Mold the sides as smoothly as you can get them and add additional decorations as you see fit. We stay with the basic colors.
The two most important things to be extra careful with – plenty of Model Magic to keep the cushion and the glue must be a water proof glue to stand the test of time and prevent leaks. Otherwise, have fun and enjoy.