We spent an enjoyable Wednesday evening at Twilight at the Museums in Cambridge. We began our torchlight adventure at the University Library, exploring mysterious objects in the Curious Collectors exhibition.
One of the activities on offer involved exploring the “magical” properties of parchment. With pencil and parchment in hand we drew an object of interest from the exhibition.
The parchment was then placed into water.
After a few minutes its rigidity disappeared and the parchment became floppy and soft. We then placed it between some clean sheets of paper and pressed with a hot iron.
After several minutes under the iron the parchment had “magically” shrunk!
We allowed it to dry and become hard once more. S was keen to turn his parchment into a piece of jewellery. He requested a necklace so we drilled a small hole in the top and attached a small metal ring and a piece of ribbon.
A asked for a bracelet.
It was an interesting experience, drawing on the parchment and the boys loved seeing it change with the water and heat. What would you draw on your parchment?