Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Crystal science...

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Photo courtesy of Scarlett
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Photo courtesy of Scarlett
I am starting a brief love affair with Borax.  There are just SO many things that you can do with this giant box of powder.

I have already decorated this years imaginary Christmas tree with hundreds of these little borax crystal beauties.

What you need:
  
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Borax
Water (boiled)
String
Pencil (or stick to hang pipe cleaner)
Pipe cleaner molded into fun shapes
Container 

1)  Take your pipe cleaners and turn them into fun shapes.

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2)  Tie your shapes with string onto a stick or pencil (or in my case a butter knife, because that is what I had in the RV) to hang from your container.

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3)  Boil water  - make sure that you have enough water to fully submerge your pipe cleaner shape.
4)  Add borax to water - 3 tablespoons per one cup of water.  Stir until borax is fully dissolved.
5)  Hang your shapes in the water and wait.

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6) Leave overnight and in the morning you will have a container full of crystals.  
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Scarlett LOVED this craft.  We made the crystals for my mom for her birthday and Scarlett was so excited to give them to her.  And after the crystals were formed on the pipe cleaner we scraped the container clean and Scarlett wasted a good 20 minutes taking them in and out of containers and stuffing them in her pocket.
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