Does anyone know what’s going on here? – He says: “This process uses 3 immiscible liquids”; but doesn’t state much more.


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Does anyone know what’s going on here? – He states: “This process uses 3 immiscible liquids”; but doesn’t state much more.


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  1. Wonder if this is like the dish soap, milk, food coloring one. Looks similar but I know its not exactly the same.

  2. Source:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4jLxr1Xiqc

    The producer of this video is a liquid light artist (“Liquid Light Lab”); usually he uses oil dye for the colors, so probably it’s the same for this technique. The liquids are placed in a petri dish which is backlit (usually by an overhead projector).

    In the description of the video he states: “This process uses 3 immiscible liquids, ie, liquids which will never mix together”, but doesn’t say much more. In the comment section he stated that it doesn’t involve heat.

    Furthermore he would confirm the right guess (of how it’s done) in the comment section, but noone guessed it so far.

  3. Two are probably dyed water and mineral oil. The 3rd liquid seems to evaporate quickly. Not sure why it seems to float to the surface slowly; maybe the oil creates a layer that is hard to cross.

  4. I mean, PG is miscible with water- but it takes its sweet time blending in. It’s definitely not oil soluble, so it may seem like a third phase.

  5. Looks like the red and yellow have similar densities while the white has a slightly lower density.

    The red and yellow sit on the same level and don’t mix while the white makes its way up slowly between the two while still not mixing

  6. I know the guy who filmed this, but I’ve been asked not to share.

    I will say that 2 of the 3 materials are readily available at a drugstore.

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