Microscope slides, available at local craft stores, are archival-safe, distortion-free, and have double-thick, clear or frosted glass with rounded corners. The slides are ideal for crafts such as jewellery, scrapbooks and altered art. You can encapsulate family pictures or pressed flowers between two slides or use them as mirrors in a kaleidoscope project.
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You can make a microscope slide necklace by making a 'picture sandwich' between two microscope slides. Cut two pictures to fit slides and glue the pictures to each other back-to-back with an eye pin at the middle top and middle bottom. When dry, sandwich the pictures between the slides and trim the edges with foil tape. Add beads to the bottom eye pin and a jump ring to the top eye pin. Tie on necklace cording.
You can use the same process for creating the slide necklaces to make a wind chime or mobile. Make multiple slides, for example five or six, and hang them with fishing line from a coil of thick copper wire or tubing.
Microscope slides can provide the mirror in a homemade kaleidoscope fashioned from simple, recycled materials. The microscope slides are painted flat black on one side and held with cardboard discs in the centre of a toilet paper tube. Two plastic beverage bottles are cut and used as the kaleidoscope body with small, colourful, reflective or transparent objects, such as glitter or shredded foil, held in the bottom by a clear, plastic view graph sheet.
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