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Explorit: Use chemistry to create creepy looks for Halloween

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From page A4 | October 25, 2013 |

For a little chemistry fun, try making an all-natural face paint for your Halloween festivities this year with simple materials you probably have in your kitchen right now. You will need: 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening, 5 teaspoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon flour and 3-5 drops glycerin. You can find liquid glycerin at most drug stores.

Glycerin absorbs moisture from the air, so it helps keep your face paint moist so it doesn’t dry out. The cornstarch will help hold all the ingredients together. Plus, if you don’t want to look shiny, you can dust on some extra cornstarch like powder.

This recipe will make a basic white face paint. Then you can add fruit juice, powdered spices or food coloring to make any color you want. Just be careful to avoid pigments that can dye your skin.

Start by mixing the cornstarch and flour together, then use a fork to blend in the shortening. You should have a lumpy paste. Slowly add a couple of drops of glycerin and mix until you have a creamy, blended face paint that will be easy to spread on your skin.

If you want to make different colors, separate your paint into different bowls and make as many colors as you like. Use a brush or sponge or your fingers to paint your face, but be careful not to get the paint in your eyes. When you’re ready to take off your face paint, wipe it off with a paper towel and then wash your face with soap and water.

If you want to add some special effects like blood for a scarier look, try this recipe as an addition to your face paint. You’ll need: ½ cup white corn syrup, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, a small amount of water and a few drops of food coloring. Combine the corn syrup and cornstarch, then slowly add a little water until it’s the consistency you want.

Then experiment with food coloring. Green with a little blue can make an awesome slime. Or red with a drop of blue or green can look like dried blood.

Once you’ve perfected the perfect Halloween look with your all-natural, home-made face paint, come show it off at Explorit’s Spooky Science Nights! And you don’t even have to wait until Halloween. Spooky Science Nights will be open from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday or 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Halloween night. Explorit is at 3141 Fifth St.

Your ghastly good looks could even win a prize at our costume contest on Halloween night! Bring the whole family for a night of gooey, creepy fun. Spooky Science Nights are appropriate for all ages.

Tickets are $7 per person and free for kids 2 and under. They’re available at www.explorit.org/csp/spooky or by calling Explorit at 530-756-0191.

— Explorit Science Center is at 3141 Fifth St. For more information, call 530-756-0191 or visit http://www.explorit.org, or “like” Explorit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb.

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