The vibrant colour and translucencyy of jello make it an amazing subject for photography. Plus it's cheap! A few dollars of jello plus a few days of mixing custom colours and pouring the layers makes for some gorgeous photos.

The process involves mixing custom colours of jello and painstakingly layering the colours into a bowl over several days. The previous layers must be completely set and cold before a new layer is poured.

I used a bowl about the size of a basketball and the layers were from 1/4" to 2" thick. This takes several days to do.

The bowl was then left to "rest" for about 3 days. During this time the colours shift across layers and blend into very smooth transitions, as you can see in the picture.

The only thing left to do is dig in with a big spoon, and batten down the hatches for the sugar high and following crash! And take pictures as the jello is devoured, of course!

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# 1 bowl corner

The colours blend from one layer to the next over a couple of days, creating these rainbows of colour. This is the edge of the bowl with the jellow still intact inside. You can see the moisture on the glass as it condences on the cold surface since the bowl was just taken out of the refrigerator.

# 2 bowl edge green

From the top, the colours in the bowl block all of the light (since all colours are represented), and only the top, green colour is visible at teh endge of the bowl.

# 3 field 3

The screen does not due justice to the smoothness of this transition of colour.

# 4 field 4

Another section of the bowl just before eating. The colours are really very well blended across the layers.

# 5 inside 2

After the first scoop. The bowl is backlit, and thicker layers block more light. Delicious!

# 6 inside red

This image really expresses the smooth density of the jello. You can see the little ridges from the scraping of the spoon.

# 7 slice

A very thin slice of jello, backlit. I like the edge strips. Here you can very well see the original three layers, yellow, red, and orange from left to right, and how the colour transferred across.

# 8 chunkette

An amber coloured chunk of jello all by itself, almost looks like glass.

# 9 spots

These beautiful spots were created as the jello ripped along pouring lines. A womblike warmth emanates from the backlit centre.

# 10 torn

Spectacular ripped texture as the jello separated away from the bowl edge.

# 11 jello in scanner

Why not? Scanning jello is a great way to make a colour palette, and it wipes clean. It IS glass, after all!