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Lava Glow Globe
By Patty Cox

When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!

Wet or dry, the dimensional paint colors remain separate from one another. Paint “lava” slowly rises to the surface as you rotate your globe. When the lights are turned off, your globe base will glow in the dark.

Main supplies:

  • 2 oz pimento jar or 7 oz olive jar
  • Elmer’s® Mega 3D™ Washable Paint Pens Extreme Neons
  • White corn syrup
  • Elmer’s® Stix- All®
  • Makin’s Clay® - glow in the dark air-dry modeling clay

Basic Supplies:

  • Plastic craft knife
  • Small clay roller
  • Optional: small rubber stamp


  1. Clean and dry jar and jar lid. Fill jar half full with corn syrup. Squeeze about 1 teaspoon of each color Mega 3D paint on top of syrup. Fill jar to top with syrup, covering paint. (For 7 oz olive jar, fill jar ¾ full with corn syrup. Squeeze all of the paint from 3 paint pens into jar.) Note: You can rotate the jar, but avoid shaking contents for about 12 hours allowing paint colors to set up in large lava-like shapes. Lots of shaking breaks colors apart into small particles. The effect is muddy instead of colorful.
  2. Apply a small amount of Stix-All around inside sides of jar lid. Screw lid on jar tightly.
  3. Roll air dry clay to about 3/16” thick. Cut ½” x 6” strip. Place jar, lid down, on clay. Cut around jar lid making a circle in clay. Lift circle from work surface. Place on jar lid. Wrap ½” Strip around jar lid sides. Gently work clay seam together.
  4. Optional: Press a clean rubber stamp into clay sides around clay covered jar lid sides.

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