MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What is the snow in snow globes made of?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What is the snow in snow globes made of?

Now that you’ve pulled all of your snow globes out from the basement to put on display for the holidays you’ve probably been wondering what the snow particles are made of? No? You’re not? Well I’m going to tell you anyway…

The snow, or the technical term for it “flitter”, was originally bone chips or pieces of porcelain they would use, sometimes it would be sand or sawdust too. As the years went on and snow globes became more popular and and fancy the glass became thinner, the bases were lighter. Eventually the snow was made out of particles of gold foil or non-soluble soap flakes. Which is usually what it is today.

For health and safety reasons, white plastic has actually become more common in most modern snow globes when they’re made.

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