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Hourglass and Sand Kitchen Timer

Before the advent of digital timers and clock on every device in the home, and even before there were clocks, there were hourglasses and other sand timers. Through time and effort, people have been able to determine how much sand falls in an hourglass or another device down to the second. These devices are not only accurate items that work well in the kitchen but they can be an educational tool that has uses in other placed in the home as well.

What materials are used for hourglass and sand kitchen timers?

Automatic timers like these come in a variety of materials, including:

  • Wood
  • Stainless steel
  • Nylon
  • Metal
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Chrome
  • Brass
  • Aluminium

The cylinders are most often made of glass but some are made from clear plastic. Although sand like the type found at the beach makes up the majority of the contents of hourglass timers, there are some made with synthetic sand.

What are some features of hourglass and sand kitchen timers?

Some fun features to look for when selecting hourglasses and kitchen timers include:

  • Magnetic
  • Dual timers
  • Colour-changing sand

Magnetic hourglasses use bits of magnetised metal instead of sand and are impressive to watch in action. Some hourglasses are designed for use in the bathroom, such as for timing kids when they brush their teeth.

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