There was, he thought, no point in collecting anything else; this was everything else. It was the catalogue of everything that existed in the universe, stripped down to its 118 basic ingredients.— Itchingham Lofte, element collector (from Itch by Simon Mayo)
Chemistry is essentially the study of elements – the 118 so far discovered or made – and their compounds. This blog concerns my creative endeavours inspired by chemistry and chemists.
- And another project…This one is nearly finished, but can you guess what it is? (Other than a periodic table of course!)
- The start of a new project…I’m sure you can see what it’s going to be, but no clues just yet as to how the elements will be represented… that’s for another day…
- Stitch your own element!Would you like to try your hand at blackwork embroidery? Why not join me for a workshop at the Cambridge Festival and work on your own element toContinue reading “Stitch your own element!”
- Density rainbowsI’ve been having fun this June with density rainbows – my children’s former primary school last week for their Science Day, and another local primary school this weekContinue reading “Density rainbows”
- CompleteSo here it is, all 118 elements, a different and relevant pattern for each. I must admit that when I started out I never imagined I would beContinue reading “Complete”
- Element 118Oganesson, atomic number 118, is the last element of the periodic table, at least for the time being. It is named for Yuri Oganessian who led the teamContinue reading “Element 118”
- Thirty and countingBack in May ‘Sue the Vic’ asked if my embroidery would be finished in time to exhibit in the jubilee exhibition in one of our local churches, andContinue reading “Thirty and counting”
- RoentgeniumWhen Anna Bertha Ludwig saw an image of the bones in her hand she exclaimed ‘I have seen my death!’ – quite a reaction to the first humanContinue reading “Roentgenium”
- Flash and bangThe flammable properties of hydrogen gas are well known to anyone who has been to a chemistry demonstration lecture and seen a hydrogen balloon being exploded. But thisContinue reading “Flash and bang”
- O potash tree, o potash treeRather out of season but here is a small forest of fir trees, once a major source of potash. Grown predominantly in the Baltic states Poland and Russia,Continue reading “O potash tree, o potash tree”
periodically.blog features the work of Clare E Wilkes, author, crafter and chemistry enthusiast
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