Decoration with education!
Science decorations set is currently out of stock but will be back soon! Please let us know if you'd like to be notified when they're available.
SnaKey Rings (+free postage option)
Real, naturally-shed snake skin handcrafted into a keyring with video link to meet the snake and learn about ecdysis (skin-shedding).
Decoration with education!
Meet the snake whose skin is in your keyring, and learn about "Ecdysis", the process of skin-shedding!
Simply scan the QR code on the card that comes with your SnaKey Ring and watch the video to learn about our beautiful pet corn snake and how, why and when she sheds her skin.
Perfect for stocking fillers, party bags and gifts for animal lovers. These look great on keys, bags, pencil cases and so much more.
Each keyring is handmade and contains a unique section of real skin from our pet corn snake (her name is Nagini). Corn snakes, like all snakes, naturally shed their skin several times a year (the process is called "Ecdysis") so that they can get rid of the old skin to reveal a beautiful new one underneath. Availability of these key rings is limited by the rate our snake sheds her skin, so please be patient if stocks are low and let us know if you'd like us to let you know when your choice of colour is in stock, or if you'd like a colour that you don't currently see here.
Postage is free on Snakes Rings!
Simply choose the £0.00 option at checkout.
Or collect in person for free from Outdoor STEM sessions in Sheffield, UK (only available during term time. (Select this option at checkout).
We only use recyclable, plastic-free packaging.
Handmade and unique
Please note that as each one is handmade individually, there may be subtle variations from the photos. Each background is hand painted with metallic paint and the shed is captured in resin, which is carefully applied to each one to bring out the shimmer of the background with a robust finish. Each one is unique, but made with equal care and attention to detail.
Available in six colours (see photos), Emerald, Gold, Aqua, Purple, Red and Copper. Make your selection from the drop down menu below. If you'd like a colour you don't see here, let us know, it's just possible we may be able to help.
Bespoke: Send your own snake shed! (adds £2 to price)
If you have your own snake and would like to send its shed skin to be captured in a SnaKey Ring, just select the "Bespoke" option below. Shortly after purchase you'll receive an email with instructions for safely sending your shed skin with a short form to complete (please check your spam folder, you'll need to print the attachment and send your shed in it). You'll be able to indicate your colour choice for each SnaKey Ring on the form and if you'd like a colour not listed here you can let us know on the form and we'll do our best to find a match. Your skin will be returned to you as a beautiful SnaKey Ring!
Please note that you'll need to post (at your own cost) a flat section of shed skin measuring min. 10cm x 5cm. Providing the skin is flat, in good condition and of approximately the given size this should be possible with any age or species of snake. If you can't provide a piece that size let us know the largest you can send and we'll see if it might work. If the shed you send can't be used, we will of course refund your SnaKey Ring payment. Sparking STEM can take no responsibility for your posted skins and recommend obtaining proof of postage.
Your bespoke SnaKey Ring takes a while to make as there are several steps involved in preparing and capturing the skin, please allow an estimated ten days between the day we receive your shed skin and dispatch of your SnaKey Ring to you.
Keyring diameter: 33mm
Weight: 32g (one keyring)
The snake skin has been naturally shed by a healthy and much-loved pet snake. Your key ring is sent to you in tissue paper and a recyclable cardboard box made of 59.9% recycled material. We use paper tape, not plastic.
Science decoration set (free postage)
Colourful chemical reactions carefully replicated as hand-crafted models with videos demonstrating the actual chemistry that inspired them!
These tiny models are made with real laboratory glassware and make beautiful, sparkly plant or Christmas decorations, desk ornaments and more...
Perfect to inspire and educate children, or anyone who loves science!
- Included is one set of four different models, representing four chemistry practicals (potassium permanganate diffusion, cabbage pH indicator, lead II nitrate + potassium iodide precipitation and Benedict's reagent test for simple sugars).
- Each set comes with QR codes that link to online videos where we demonstrate the actual chemistry that inspired each decoration. Decoration with education!
- Dimensions: test tubes ~7.5cm long, conical flask height ~6cm, beaker height ~3.8cm
- Hand crafted: each one is unique but made with equal care and attention to detail, they may vary slightly from photos.
- Contains 100% plastic-free, biodegradable bio-glitter (see details below)
- Made of laboratory grade borosilicate glass which is more shock resistant and temperature resistant than ordinary glass
- Filled with epoxy resin
- Note, these are models only and do not contain any of the actual chemicals described in the chemistry!
We use "Bio-Glitter". After much research it turns out that most "biodegradable glitters" are not so biodegradable after all (read more here). We use "Bio-glitter", which has been independently certified to biodegrade in normal conditions in the natural environment, including in fresh water. It is 100% plastic-free and is made from regenerated eucalyptus cellulose that is responsibly sourced.
Card and packaging:
Your set comes in plastic-free packaging and recycled card. We use paper not plastic tape.
No hidden costs
Postage and packing is free (using only recycled and recyclable, plastic-free packaging).
VAT is already included.
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We don't use plastics in our packaging. Only recyclable and biodegradable materials.
We reuse and repurpose packaging wherever possible to reduce our impact on the environment and help to keep our prices down. If you feel your package looks a little repurposed please take pleasure in the effort to reduce waste that you have supported!