How to weave a chemical spider web
Such a web would be the envy of any spider!
Warning! Only under adult supervision.
- acetone nail polish remover;
Immerse a piece of styrofoam in acetone nail polish remover – it dissolves completely! This creates an extremely viscous solution that easily forms threads. They harden quickly, allowing you to weave a chemical web out of them.
Styrofoam is a foamed polystyrene, which contains a lot of air. When polystyrene dissolves, this trapped air is released and the material is drastically compressed. Therefore, it seems like a lot of styrofoam can dissolve in acetone! Polystyrene molecules are very long and can cling to each other. This makes its solution very viscous. But acetone evaporates quickly, causing the solution to harden again. This allows you to weave a “spider web” with threads made of this solution. Such a web would be the envy of any real spider!
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