WATER BEAD INSTRUCTIONS
Empty 1 sachet of water
beads (5gms) into 1 litre of tap water. Leave for 4-5 hours or overnight (you
can’t overdo it).
When fully expanded,
drain off excess water using a colander or strainer.
Place into a glass bowl
or vase depending on your intentions.
If you are not intending
to use the water beads with plants, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil,
lavender oil or tea tree oil, they are antiseptic and will prevent the beads
from becoming slimy or mouldy.
If you are intending to
use the water beads with cut flowers or plants that can live without drainage,
leave some water in the bottom of the vase so the ends of the stems or roots
are in water. As the water level drops, replace some water. When cut flowers
are finished, thoroughly rinse the water beads as there will be decaying plant
matter in there.
Decorative tips– If you wish to layer the
different colours, first grow the beads in separate containers, drain, then add
different colours to the vase or bowl one at a time. It is best to completely
fill the container so when it comes to rehydrating the beads, they can be
drained without disturbing the layers.
Rehydrating your beads– After some time
the water beads will start to shrink, they are designed to do this, you will
notice the top beads getting smaller and water will collect at the bottom of
the container. Simply fill the container with water and leave overnight. To
drain, place your colander firmly over the top of the vase, hold it in place as
you upend the vase. This should reduce movement of the layers. Eventually,
after several rehydration’s the layers will begin to mix up
How long will they last? – The
manufacturers of these quality water beads say they will last around 2 years.
This means you can successfully rehydrate them for that time period without
them disintegrating. If the beads are handled excessively, they probably won’t
last 2 years.
beads are not toxic, they are made from silicone. Make sure that you keep
unexpanded beads away from small children. More than a few unexpanded beads may
cause blockages if ingested.
LED lights– We also offer submersible battery operated LED lights
with a remote control. Firstly, remove the little plastic tab from the bottom
of the remote control to engage the battery. Then unscrew the two parts of the
light and unpack the 3 x AAA batteries and fit into place. Re-join top to
bottom making sure to not overtighten causing the rubber seal to be squashed
and ineffective. Note- these batteries will not last long and we recommend that
you buy rechargeable batteries.