How to make skeleton leaves
Making skeleton leaves at home
What is a skeleton leaf and how can you make your own? Find out with this simple tutorial!
Conduct this experiment only under adult supervision.
Reagents and equipment
- 0.5 L water;
- 3 tbsp. baking soda;
- cutting board.
Heat 0.5 L water in a pot and dissolve 3 tbsp. baking soda in it. Immerse a leaf in the solution. Cook for 2.5 hours on medium heat. Gently transfer the leaf to a cutting board. Use a toothbrush to carefully clean the pulp from the leaf. Press the resulting skeletal structure. In 24 hours, your skeleton leaf will be ready!
The skeletonization of leaves is a natural process. Fallen leaves gradually break down under environmental and microorganic influences, and their “skeletal” components, the veins that move water and nutrients, take the longest to decompose. A similar process can be simulated at home. In an aggressive environment and high temperature, the leaves’ pulp is destroyed and can be removed with a brush. The skeletal structures are much more durable because they consist of plant fibers, which also comprise the stems and roots. Plant fibers can be used to produce threads and fabrics.