What is Water/Crystal Gel Beads?
Source: Wikipedia: Water crystal gel or water beads is any gel which contains a large amount of water. Water gel is usually composed of a water-absorbing polymer such as a polyacrylamide (frequently Poly(methyl acrylate) or Sodium polyacrylate). Sometimes referred to as superabsorbent polymer (SAP) or, in dry form, as slush powder.
Available in 10 colors, follow the instructions for your next project. Can be use as vase fillers, add LED light on bottom, add gel beads and gives it a nice ambience look.
Transparent gel beads are use for creating pearl centerpieces as it becomes invisible when you add water.
Use for cut plants, house plants, and vase fillers.
Instructions for using gel beads:
HOW TO HYDRATE WATER GEL BEADS FOR FLOATING PEARL CENTEPIECES/FLOWERS/PLANTS
To Make 4-1/2 cups (1 liter) hyrdated water gel beads, you will need 2 teaspoon (10g) water gel beads. Add 1-2 quart cold water, allow 6-10 hours, overnight is better (warm water will expedite process) for them to expand. Be patience it will grow. Pour the hydrated gel beads in a strainer to drain any excess water
DO NOT RINSE. Ready to use:
For Floating Pearls: Need Vase large enough to hold 1 liter hydrated gel beads and extra room to add your adding floating candles, flowers, etc. Add water gel beads to bottom of vase, add your pearls, gems, flowers, etc. Add water and fill till you can't see the gel beads. Add floating candles, flowers, etc.
For Plants: Remove any soil from your plant and place it in the container of your choice. Add enough water to cover the plant's roots, then fill the remainder of the container as desired with beads.
For Cut Flowers: Add water until there is a base of approximately 1" on the bottom of the vase. Diagonally cut at least 1/2" off of the flower stems, then place them in the water. Fill the remainder of the vase with water beads.
For Silk Flowers: Wrap the silk flower stem(s) in wax paper or plastic wrap before placing in the vase. Add beads to the vase until the desired height is achieved.
**Caution: Water beads are not to be flushed down drains, swallowed or frozen. If the product should go down a drain, use straight table salt or rock salt and hot water to flush. Since our beads are not food products, we recommend keeping them out of the reach of small children as they may become a choking hazard. Also, sweep up any spills immediately as the beads become slippery when wet.