Archimedes might yell “Eureka!” if he could see this cool precipitation-measuring device.
IF IT FLOATS YOUR BOAT
“Eureka!” cried Archimedes as he leapt from his bath and went running naked through the streets of Syracuse, Sicily. Apparently he was very excited about discovering how the whole buoyancy thing works. Sadly, the legend probably isn’t true, but his famous principle is. This copper gauge lets you see it in action every time it rains.
Archimedes’ Principle—which states that the upward buoyant force exerted on anything immersed in fluid is equal to the weight of the fluid that the object displaces—is why boats float. It’s also the reason the tube in this rain gauge rises as its base fills with water. Known as a pluviometer to science types (you know, the ones who might enjoy hearing all this Archimedes stuff when you show them your cool new gadget), it’s available in a patio-ready tabletop version or on a garden stake. Made in New Paltz, New York.
copper, polycarbonate, #7 other (O) plastic
Stake: 24" H
Gauge: 6" H x 3" diameter
Occasionally clean the tube and flute with warm, soapy water and a bottle brush. Do not use lubricants or abrasives.
Maximum capacity of gauge is 5.5".
Want to learn how to create super fancy and old-fashioned wax seals? It’s easy! Here’s everything you need to learn how to use a wax seal.
You absolutely love wax seals, but you don't know how to make them, or what you need to do it. Fear not, wax seals are simple and we are going to take you through proper planning Ag, products, process, and perfecting to make sure your wax seals are absolute envelope show-stoppers.
STEP 1: PREP
Once you light the wick on your wax stick, things will move quickly. So make sure you’re ready! Get your envelope in front of you, attach your seal head to the handle, and grab your lighter.
STEP 2: LIGHT
Light your tea-light or candle.
STEP 3: MELT
Add three or four wax beads into your spoon and hold about an inch above the flame. Don’t put the spoon directly in the flame because you will get a black sooty residue on the underside of the spoon, which might end up in the wax. Hold the spoon over the flame for a minute or two until the beads have all melted.
STEP 4: POUR
Pour the contents of your spoon over the lip of the envelope, getting as much onto the paper as possible. Set spoon aside (but mind that it’s still hot).
STEP 5: STAMP
Check that your stamp is oriented correctly. Then push the stamp into the pool of wax, taking care to get wax excess all around the stamp.
STEP 6: REST AND REMOVE
Allow the wax to cool for 5~7 seconds or so, then gently pull the stamp away to reveal your wax seal.
DON’T FORGET TO CLEAN UP
If you want your materials to last, then you need to make sure to properly clean all of your tools. Cleaning a wax seal set can be a bit tricky, so make sure to check out how to clean a wax seal spoon.
WAX SEALS AIN’T SO HARD
This old-fashioned method of sealing envelopes might look extra fancy, but it’s not hard at all to pick up. With only a few materials, you can begin sending special letters in no time. Wax seals are perfect for weddings, baby showers, Halloween parties, or plain ol’ letters. You will delight your recipients when they pull your envelope out of their mailbox. Give this wax seal tutorial a try and see just how fun it can be!
Glue Gun Method
The glue-gun method is the staple of making wax seals. It gives you enough flexibility to get creative while not being overly time-consuming. For a project with the glue gun method you will need:
Process, step by step to beautiful wax seals
Now comes the fun part, actually making your wax seals. We recommend gathering all your supplies before you start, and clearing your workspace as sealing can be messy. To get started, chill your wax stamp on ice, and make sure you have a silicone mat to place your spoon or sealing wax gun down on.
Wipe the head of your wax stamp off with a microfiber cloth or your palm, then press into sealing wax. Leave for 5 - 10 seconds then gently peel your stamp away. If it sticks, allow more time to cool. If there is a lot of sticking, try letting your sealing wax cool a bit before stamping.