CRYS­TAL CLEAR

Do It Yourself - - MAKE IT -

This seems like a magic trick, but you really can grow your own crys­tals with simple house­hold items. To crys­tal­lize the base of a vase, op­po­site, wrap pipe clean­ers around a glass vase or bot­tle where you want crys­tals to form, then fol­low the in­struc­tions below.

Fuzz It Up

When choos­ing pipe clean­ers, keep in mind the more fibers there are, the more sur­face area for crys­tal­liza­tion—the fuzzier the bet­ter. The crys­tals will ab­sorb dye from the pipe clean­ers, so choose a va­ri­ety of col­ors if de­sired.

Bring the Heat

Boil wa­ter, then add bo­rax. For ev­ery cup of wa­ter, use 3–4 ta­ble­spoons bo­rax. Stir un­til wa­ter turns clear and the ma­jor­ity of bo­rax is dis­solved. If wa­ter is cloudy, your crys­tals will be cloudy, so add more boil­ing wa­ter. For larger crys­tal for­ma­tions, cover the con­tainer to al­low the mix­ture to slowly cool and de­velop crys­tals. For thin­ner crys­tal­liza­tion, skip cov­er­ing the con­tainer.

Take Care

Once your vase is done, you may want to coat the crys­tals with a clear fin­ish. Contact and hu­mid­ity can cause the crys­tals to dis­solve over time.

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