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Year and Section: III ² Our Lady of Lourdes

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Could we make colors from plants?
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Œsing Natural Dyes from plants in Producing Colored Paste

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i.| Paste is a type of glue made from starch or dextrin, a starch
product. This investigatory project shows that we can produce our
own colored paste without spending much time and money. That·s
why this Science Investigatory project can help students save their
money instead of spending it in buying expensive and
commercialized colored glue. In addition, this colored paste can be
an additional source of income. It·s not just affordable; it·s also
safe and non-toxic because the ingredients used are starch, water
natural dyes from plants and alum. Alum is used as preservative to
prolong the shelf-life of the paste. Natural dyes from plants like
bayabas leaves, taro leaves and carrots were tested as coloring fir
this paste. We can also use other coloring from plants by
researching and do further study to improve the quality of this
colored paste.


ii.| First, you must prepare all the ingredients. Then, after preparing,
extract the color from the plants. You will extract the color
pigment of taro leaves and bayabas leaves by sleeping it into half
cup of hot water in two separate bowls. In the case of carrots you
will cut it in small pieces using the knife, but be very careful while
doing this, after cutting it in smaller pieces, you will crush the
carrots using mortar and pestle then put it also in a separate bowl
with hot water in it. After getting the color pigment you will put
the three different natural dyes in the casseroles, then you will put
it in a stove, while heating, you will put 3 tease spoons of starch
and 2 tease spoons of alum. Stir until it becomes sticky. If it is
sticky enough remove the casserole in the stove and wait for it to
cool. If it is already cooled, you can transfer it in a container.

iii.| Our findings in our experiment, all of the colored pastes were
effective in sticking.

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Œsing Natural Dyes from plants in Producing Colored Paste is our
investigatory project to make natural colored paste from plants that are
non-toxic. This experiment will help us to recycle and to avoid spending
too much money from buying expensive synthetic colors.

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We base or conceptualized our investigatory project from the High
School students in other school in Manila. They perform this experiment
with a huge success because of their patience and a keen-observant.
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i.| Materials
‡ 3 Different casseroles
‡ 3 Different Bowls
‡ Starch
‡ Alum (Tawas)
‡ Natural Dye (Taro leaves, Bayabas leaves, and Carrots)
‡ Mortar and Pestle
‡Stove
‡ Knife

ii.| Procedure
÷| First, you must prepare all the ingredients. Then, after
preparing, extract the color from the plants. You will extract
the color pigment of taro leaves and bayabas leaves by
sleeping it into half cup of hot water in two separate bowls.
In the case of carrots you will cut it in small pieces using the
knife, but be very careful while doing this, after cutting it in
smaller pieces, you will crush the carrots using mortar and
pestle then put it also in a separate bowl with hot water in it.
After getting the color pigment you will put the three
different natural dyes in the casseroles, then you will put it in
a stove, while heating, you will put 3 tease spoons of starch
and 2 tease spoons of alum. Stir until it becomes sticky. If it
is sticky enough remove the casserole in the stove and wait
for it to cool. If it is already cooled, you can transfer it in a
container.


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÷| We·d make sure that our products are sticky and effective
enough to use as natural glue for the objects that might be
using it.

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After this experiment had been done, we came up with these conclusions:
1.| We can produce colored pastes from carrots, bayabas leaves and taro
leaves.
2.| The produced pastes were safe and toxic free.
3.| The tawas or alum is a best preservative for the colored paste.
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Œse other plants, fruits, or vegetables for producing other colored pastes,
test other preservative to lengthen the life of the colored paste and do
further study to improve the quality of the colored paste.

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’enier Joseph Dela ’osa

Alison Caliwan

Kim Paolo Aquino

John Joshua Furbeyre

Julius Castillo

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