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Making corals

Anyone who has ever seen corals in the sunlit lagoon of the tropical sea or in the ultramarine depth of Sharm el-Sheikh will always retain the first impression - this is a real underwater paradise. Not all corals are equally attractive: there are reefs painted modestly, there are bright thickets, but all together they form a wonderful underwater forest. I would like to take a couple of branches from such a “forest” for memory. This is not always possible, and it is a pity to spoil the deep-sea landscape. I offer you an old, half-forgotten way of “growing” corals at home. What you need: • A ladle and a saucepan, preferably steel, rather than aluminum and not enameled (from steel easily remove paraffin wax.) • Small paraffin wax candles or white stubs. After melting, they can be painted in any color. • Oil paints in tubes, or food colors. • • Sprigs from any tree, on which there are many relief buds and small knots - like coral with its rough texture and processes the very beginning will be formed more naturally than, say,on a smooth twig. What is needed
 What candles are needed Work progress Small candles in aluminum saucers, free from the wick and from the tray. These candles are very convenient because the short wick is easily pulled out of the candle and does not interfere with work. Cinders of white candles are also an option, but then it is necessary to catch wick threads from paraffin during smelting. Paraffin cannot be melted on an open fire or on a cooking surface. Its vapors easily ignite, besides paraffin, melted at high temperature, becomes too liquid and does not stick to the branch. So melt candles is best in a water bath: it is safe and creates the temperature of the liquid, comfortable for work. Fill the saucepan with water, check to see if it is too much by inserting a paraffin bowl into the filled saucepan. Surplus of water pours out. You can proceed. As soon as the candles melt more than half, you can remove the dipper from the water bath and start “growing coral. First, add a small drop of paint and knead a little.At first it was ultramarine paint (for one branch), and then - light green (for the second branch). I made a red branch of the coral in a separate saucepan. We place a branch over a container with paraffin and pour it, pour it, pour it, do not forget to rotate the branch from time to time. At first it seems that nothing happens, that the paraffin simply flows down, leaving no traces. But after a couple of minutes, interesting stalactites and drips begin to emerge. Coral is formed, almost as it happens in nature. Only the material is different))) and the process runs hundreds of times faster!
 melt paraffin
We continue to water a sprig, even when the paraffin starts to harden, forming ice crystals. In this way, we obtain a characteristic rough surface with spiky processes, unlike the initial smooth flows. The whole process of "cultivation" takes 5-7 minutes.
 Making Corals
 Making the corals
Leave the coral twig ready to cool,sticking it into a bottle or a vase and proceed to the next branch, adding more bright paint in paraffin. I made turquoise coral, bluish-green and pinkish-red. You can make compositions from small branches using shells, stones and glass balls for an aquarium.
 Making Corals
Making corals
Bright corals seem to glow from the inside. It's hard to believe that they are not real, but artificial, "grown" in their own kitchen from the remnants of paraffin candles! Try it! Making corals gives a great aesthetic pleasure! Tip: Paraffin residue can not be poured either into the sink or into the toilet. Allow them to cool, and then lightly heat and remove completely. Paraffin is still useful for other crafts! [/L_REPEAT]

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