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Make a fluid for copying newsprint to blank sheets of paper

Suitable For

Grade 2



Time Required

 <1 Hour



What’s it about?

In this science experiment, make a special fluid that can be used to copy newspaper photographs and cartoons from the newsprint to blank sheets of paper:

Topics covered

Immiscible liquids, Emulsifier

What will I need?

  • SOAP

Procedure (Method)

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How does it work?

Unfortunately, this section is only available in the e-book version of the project.

Water and turpentine are ‘immiscible’ liquids, meaning they have different molecular densities and can normally not be mixed together. Shaking them will temporarily mix the liquids but they eventually arrange themselves as before. When an ‘emulsifier’, such as the piece of soap, is added to the water and turpentine mixture, they can combine with each other.

When placed on the newspaper print, the turpentine dissolves enough of the ink so that a reverse impression of the picture can be rubbed off onto the blank paper.

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