How to Make Sodium Polyacrylate

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How to Make Sodium Polyacrylate
Sodium Polyacrylate Makes Fake Snow (About.com)

Most people in search of making sodium polyacrylate are actually looking for a way to make fake snow. Sodium polyacrylate, also known as SPA, is actually a type of polymer that is sometimes used in baby diapers as a way of absorbing moisture. SPA can absorb up to 300 times its mass in water, which is why it's referred to as a "super-slurper." You can use sodium polyacrylate to create fake snow that you can either freeze for later use or display immediately for winter festivities.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Small chemistry powder scoop
  • Bottle of SPA
  • Erlenmeyer flask
  • Water

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Add a small scoop (about a teaspoon) of SPA to the Erlenmeyer flask using the powder scoop.

  2. 2

    Add 25ml of water to the SPA in the flask.

  3. 3

    Wait until all of the water is absorbed. This step won't take long.

  4. 4

    Turn over the flask in your hand and hold the "snow." It will be cool to the touch

Tips and warnings

  • When making large portions of fake snow using SPA, use appropriate measurements. If you add too much water, it won't take on a snowlike feel and appearance. Instead, it will turn out cold and slimy.
  • Do not let children make fake snow without adult supervision.

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