Flossy’s Lava Lamp Champers

by Mel Alce

Add a sugary touch to your next drink of champers – and watch the chemical reaction!


Fairy Floss


Food colour – optional

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Place fairy floss into your drinking vessel of choice (glass, flute, bucket).

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Squeeze a few drops of your food colour of choice.

Pour champagne into the glass, slowly as the fairy floss will make it fizz more than normal.

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Autumn Splendour

While away for the weekend in Melbourne I wandered the streets of Fitzroy enjoying the weather and some shopping. I came across a couple of bead shops (my second weakness after fabric shops) and found the silver and orange diamante bead.

By Marni Franks


1 x 12mm silver and orange diamante focal bead

4 x 20mm orange glass square beads (diagonal hole)

8 x 8mm gold facetted beads

8 x 3mm pink/gold glass donut beads

2 x 10mm pink/gold facetted beads

20 x 6mm pink/rose gold facetted beads

2 x silver crimps

2 x silver crimp covers

2 x silver wire guardians

1 x silver fish hook clasp

70cm of silver tiger tail


Flat-nose pliers

Side cutters

Piece of white felt


Finished size: 36cm

Note: I’ve made this necklace as a choker style for myself and this is a perfect fit for my neck. If you want it longer simply add more of the 6mm facetted beads. I suggest adding beads in increments of 5 or 10 as that is the way they are most commonly sold. Measure your neck or a favourite necklace to gauge your own more suitable length. Add extra tiger tail as needed – I like to work with a lot more than I need so I can trim and maneuver as needed without worry.

Preparation: Lay out your beads in the desired sequence – I like to lay them out on a piece of white felt so I can see the colours clearly.

My sequence is 10 x 6mm facetted beads, 1 x 8mm gold facetted bead, 4 x 3mm donut beads, 1 x 10mm facetted bead, 1 x 8mm gold facetted bead, 1 x 20mm square glass bead, 1 x 8mm gold facetted bead, 1 x 20mm square glass bead, 1 x 8mm gold facetted bead, 1 x 12mm focal bead. Then the same sequence in reverse.


Step 1: Thread a crimp onto the tiger tail.


Step 2: Thread the tiger tail through a wire guardian.


Step 3: Thread one half of the fish hook clasp onto the wire guardian. Thread the open end of the tiger tail through the crimp. Flatten the crimp with the flat-nose pliers and trim away the excess tiger tail with the side cutters.  Place a crimp cover over the crimp and close gently with the flat-nose pliers.



Step 4: Thread on your beads in the sequence you planned in the preparation stage. Double-check your sequence against the photograph as a guide.

Step 5: Follow steps 1-3 for the remaining half of the fish hook clasp.



Step 6: Wear your necklace!


The Fizzy Fox

By Mel Alce


6 heaped tblsp icing mixture
¾ tsp bi-carb soda
85g pack of orange jelly crystals
½ tsp citric acid
½ tsp tartaric acid
1 shot Bacardi per cocktail (or your personal favourite clear spirit)

Fizzy Fox 1 ingredients


Place the Fanta in the fridge, or put it in a jug on ice.


Mix citric acid, tartaric acid & icing mixture until well combined.
Add jelly crystals and mix well.
Place the sherbet mix onto a plate (make sure the plate is bigger than rim of your cocktail glass).

Fizzy Fox 2 Sherbet

Put some cold water into a bowl (slightly bigger than the rim of your glass).
Dip the glass into the water and let the excess drip back into the bowl.

Fizzy Fox 3 water dip

Dip the wet rim of the cocktail glass into the sherbet.
Repeat the dipping process for all glasses.

Fizzy Fox 4 sherbet dip

Wipe any dripping water that may have escaped the ring of sherbet, with a clean cloth.
Pour one shot of Bacardi (or other spirit) into the glass.

Fizzy Fox 5 sherbet ring

Top up the glass with Fanta.

Fizzy Fox 6 enjoy

Sip & enjoy!

OPTION 1: For a virgin Fizzy Fox, you can just have straight Fanta, or mix it up with some lemonade or lemon squash.
OPTION 2: Red Fizzy Fox – replace Fanta with Creaming Soda, and orange jelly crystals with raspberry or strawberry jelly crystals.
OPTION 3: Arctic Fizzy Fox – replace Fanta with Lemonade, and orange jelly crystals with Lemonade jelly crystals.