Place a lump of coal in bowl and sprinkle 1 Tbsp. salt over the coal. Carefully pour 2 Tbsp. water over salt. In the same manner, pour 2 Tbsp. of laundry bluing. Then add 2 or 3 drops of mercurochrome. Repeat with food coloring. After several days, you should have a colorful mosslike growth. If not, add a few more drops of water. This is something small children really enjoy!
By Robin from Washington, IA
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By Cindy Scinto 03/03/2006
The bluing is usually found in older style dime stores or pharmacies. I also found it in WalMart.
By guest (Guest Post)03/02/2006
Is that coal from the BBQ? and do you know where to get bluing? Thanks for any feed back.
By Susan Sanders-Kinzel 10/28/2005
Ask the pharmacist or chemist. It is an antiseptic.
Susan from ThriftyFun
By (Guest Post)10/27/2005
What is mercurochrome and where can I get it?
By Dee 10/27/2005
these were called depression roses, back in the old days, you can use a regular rock too instead of coal but it doesn't look nearly as good
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