Sunday, 5 May 2013

Carousel / DIY Science Experiments


This gorgeous new dress lent itself perfectly to long, curly orange hair and a big floppy hat. Isn't the print on this dress lovely? I really, really want to wear it to some kind of amusement park, a fair or even to some market stalls. Visually, it would go so well with fairy floss and a big old-school rainbow lollipop. *Sigh* if only I knew people who  were crazy about doing a whole day's worth of themed photo-shoots, and really wanted to use me as a model. I had to take these photos on my own with a tripod, and it's okay because it's just in my backyard, but taking the whole set-up out to an amusement park on my own would be a little bit too daunting (and difficult)!

dress - c/o Sheinside
socks - c/o Sock Dreams
shoes - c/o Chictopia Shop
bag - Thrifted
hat - somewhere in Osaka
wig - c/o Choies

I'm going to do a little series on DIY home science experiments! Here's the first: putting a corn starch solution on a speaker. This is how you make it, although I claim no responsibility for ruined speakers. I am so going to try this out soon. First, let this video inspire you:

What's happening? Well, this corn-starch solution, called "oobleck", is what is known as a "shear-thickening" fluid. This means when you apply force or stress to the liquid, it becomes thicker, or more viscous. If you threw oobleck at a wall, rather than exploding in all directions like any normal fluid (like water) would, it will instead bounce right off the wall before settling on the ground and becoming a puddle of goop. You can see a cool video of people running over oobleck here. I'm not entirely sure what's happening in the above video, but I guess that the sound waves, which are causing vibrations, apply a small amount of stress to the liquid, causing it to become slightly more viscous as the vibrations move it around, which give the weird temporary moving "monster" structures you saw above. Or something else is going on, because oobleck is a fluid with some really weird properties (if you guys know how it works, let me know!) Also, apparently, lower frequencies work best, so use a song with a lot of bass or deep voices :) Good luck! Let me know if you try it out!







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29 comments:

  1. Adorable dres and I love the wig too!

    Becky
    xx

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  2. My physics class did this with an amp from the music class at high school. Also there is a big bang episode where the gang gets together and they do this experiment.

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    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CJJ6FrfuGU

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    2. Haha, that's exactly the episode that came to mind!

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  3. such a lovely outfit and gorgeous hair :D xx

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  4. Total babe! I love that carousel dress.

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  5. I really love your style! I sweeeearrrr! Keep being pretty my dear~

    xoxo,
    Rae
    http://raellarina.blogspot.com/

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  6. That dress is too pretty! That experiment semi reminds me of that movie Flubber :)

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  7. I didn' t have internet for a week and I'm so happy to go through all the posts I missed here:) This outfit is amazing...and that wig color...OMG!

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  8. Love your dress! it's a great look :)

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  9. that hair suits you beautifully!

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  10. Hey Annika,
    beautiful outfit. The dress is very sweet and I like the bag too. The video is great!
    Love

    http://wolkedrei.blogspot.de/

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  11. Ahhhhh that dress is cuteeeeeeee!! And the video is weirddddd, hahaha

    Mackenzie
    www.heybirdfriend.com

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  12. Such a super cute outfit :D
    The print on your dress is just breath taking <3

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  13. Ahhh that is so cool! And "oobleck" the the best name for anything ever, haha. I feel like this would be an awesome kids project! Looks so fun.

    Your dress is gorgeous! It would go perfectly with an amusement park!

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    1. PS Have you seen this one? I saw a similar thing at the DC Science Fair a few years ago. Wish I would have tried it but the line was suuuuuuper long (also it was meant for kids, not twenty year old kids-at-heart, haha).

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHlAcASsf6U

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    2. Hahaha, whatever, kids can't have all the fun! I did also see that one. Oh my goodness. I want to make a pool of oobleck. I am trying to convince everyone I know that it wouldn't be lame to have a "science" themed 21st birthday party... and I could have a pool of oobleck!! unfortunately, everyone disagrees with me, so I'm not :(

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  14. eee, i love the wig! i love how you are always wearing wigs. the print on your dress is wonderful too!

    lindsey louise

    hellomrrabbitblog.com

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  15. Girl, how funny - I just bought this same dress! But from eBay (the Sugarhill Boutique version), not SheInside - though I saw it on there, too! It looks gorgeous on you, and looks amazing with that wig. :)

    xox Sammi
    www.thesoubrettebrunette.blogspot.com

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  16. Hiya :) I was just wondering what the fit of the dress was like? I want to buy it, but it'll have to be sent to england so won't really be able to send it back if it doesn't fit :( It looks sooo lovelt on you!
    Thanks :)

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    1. Hey! It fits me really well, although it is a little bit tight around the bust so if you're a busty lady I would think twice about getting it! I got a size M, and the measurements on the site were accurate. It's not too short though, definitely a good length, although if you were suuuuuper tall it might be too short. I'm 5 ft 6 if that helps :)

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    2. Thank you so much :) I'm 5,9, so may be a little shorter...I can just wear it with tights :) If you don't mind me asking, what sort of size are you normally? Sensitive question, so don't reply if you don;t want to!

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    3. Not a problem! You're from the UK, soooo I am a size 6 - 8 over there usually (more on the 8 side though).

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  17. You look beautiful, gorgeous hat!

    http://beautyandlefreak.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. This outfit is so gorgeous and girly! I'm in love with the print on your dress. The color is great on you too!

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