Post # 1
For centerpieces, i’ve been playing around with the idea of filling a glass vase with a fake flower submerged in clear hair gel. i’ll post a picture to give a better idea what i’m talking about but i want to reinforce that it’s my FIRST, and definitely not last trial run..
For one, the flowers won’t be the same. Two, im thinking ill have to find a way to weigh it down or something! This example is just twisted and floating there weird. Three, I will admit I got stir happy creating bubbles in the gel and I plan on having less than what this picture has… i’m going to play around with that. And four, the mirror underneath is my bathroom one. haha! The vendor we have is providing us with nice mirrors.
My question now, does anyone know if ALL hair gel is flammable? I’m pretty sure the answer is no.. and I’d assume the kind I bought isn’t (because there is no warning on the bottle). But I jsut wanted to check. Also, wouldn’t the bottle HAVE to say its flammable if it is?
The reason I ask is I was going to play around with the idea of having a floating candle on top (although its likely i’d have to go w/ a different shape vase…)
Has anyone done this before? Or have any suggestions? The candle idea is merely a thought as of right now. I just could really use input or advice.. or pictures if anyone has ever done something similar to this….
Post # 3
I’m conflicted. Part of me says EEEWW. The other part says, well that doesn’t look bad.
If there is alcohol in it, it’s probably flammable. I wouldn’t put it near a candle, thats for sure. Scary. What about using Jello?
Post # 4
haha yeah, i know what you mean about the EEW thing… I just figure I can buy hair gel for so much cheaper than the “art” gel… and it really doesn’t look at all that bad if done right.
I understand the concern for safety, which is why I bring it up. I’ve checked the bottle MULTIPLE times and theres no flammable label or even the world alcohol in the ingredients. So I’m just wondering if no label means it would be safe for me to TRY.
I think the jello looks nice but i want it clear with bubbles…
Post # 5
I don’t like the bubble look it has. The jello actually looks more elegant and less icky!
Post # 6
They make Floral gel that can be used for this purpose. I think it would likely be less costly as you can buy it in bulk.
Post # 7
@julies1949: wait… what is this floral gel you are talking about?
Post # 8
@Belle2Be: Those are super pretty!
Post # 9
Ah, yeah I don’t like the bubbles look.
Post # 10
I actually like the bubble look, but not clear. Definitely with a contrasting colour than what your flower is to be.
Post # 11
Read the ingredients list in the gel. Most have a warning on them about not using near open flames, but I’m not sure it’s really required. Most hair gels have alcohol in the ingredients (that’s why it dries so fast) so most are flammable when wet.
If you can’t find cheap floral gel on ebay or something and you don’t like the jello, try agar-agar. Its seaweed flakes. You heat them in water and get the same effect as jello without the color (unless you add it) or the melting since it sets at room temperature. Or you can always use regular gelatin (jello without the additives) also, but it will probably melt if kept outside for any length of time.
If you really like the bubbles you can always stir the agar-agar before it completely sets.
Post # 12
i think the bubbles make it to busy. Maybe with less, like your planning on doing, it will be calmer.
Post # 13
Perhaps if you make Jello with seltzer or something carbonated, the final look would be bubbly. I’m not sure, but it’s worth a try. Plus, no fire hazard.
Post # 13
With less bubbles, I think it could be pretty. I never would have thought of using hair gel!
Post # 14
Have you set the gel out over the course of a day or two? I bet it dries up/shrinks/gets kind of crusty. That would mean that you couldn’t make them that far in advance. I would really recommend going the jello route. Also, agar, when done at that volume, will have a milky look – not clear.
Post # 15
Most hair gels I’ve come across have distinct smell, so that would bother me if I had to eat near it. I would just use water instead of gel, if you really wants bubbles than use sparkling water.