|Spider web courtesy of Laura Bassett|
Have you ever located a spider web with amazing patterns and wished you could view it up closer? Here is how you can do so.
- Take a blank glass microscope slide and place a thin layer of clear nail polish on it. Allow it to dry for about a minute (be careful not to touch it!)
- Hold the slide in front of the spider web (look out for spiders!) and push the slide into the web. Remove any extra spider web that hangs off the side of the web.
- You can place a cover slip over the slide if you want to preserve the slide.
- Place your slide under the stereo microscope at 20x magnification (or your lowest magnification). What kinds of patterns do you notice? As you adjust the magnification higher do you see anything different?