Hi all at Clubsnap! For those of you who are asking questions about how to dry silica gel, whether with oven/microwave/hair dryer etc (i'm also one of those who want to know), today I'm putting up a LIVE SHOW on HOW TO DRY YOUR WONDERFUL PURPLE LITTLE BEADS~ so sit up and watch me!!!
METHOD 1: Hairdryer
I tried with hairdryer, but took me 15 minutes to dry a little pan! My hand nearly got cooked whilst holding the dryer and nearly fell asleep waiting for the pink to turn blue.
Not a very effective method, unless you have taken 1 week leave to do just that.
METHOD 2: Frying Pan
I bought this mini frying pan to fry omelettes for breakfast, but have to give it up cos needed the gel urgently...the very last bead has turned pink on me!!! You can get a larger, shallow pan if you want, choose the biggest fire stove, pour in just enough to cover the base (not too much, muz be patient!!!) and put a slow fire on and leave it. You may want to stir/flip the pan occasionally, acting like a famous chef flipping prata.
If the fire is too hot too fast, beads turn MILKY (don't ask me why cos i donno)
After 99% has turned blue, I pour them onto a big plastic tray for cooling. You may like to put those wired stand below. I think an aluminium/metal tray can cool faster, cos for my plastic one, by the time the beads are cooled, 20% have turned back pink!! *SHEEEESH but never mind.
TADA!!!!! Here's the before and after result. Overall it looks blue, but becos of my slow drying process 20-30% beads are either transparent/milky/purple. But overall still look good for me la! Okie dats all for today!! Feel free to add any tips/tricks you may have!