Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Borax Crystal Snowflake Tutorial

I've had a few requests to share how to make these borax crystal snowflakes, so I thought I would share a quick tutorial.  These are really fun and easy and if you are anything like me they will leave you thinking, hmm what else can I crystallize.

For this project you will need to gather up the following:

pipe cleaners
borax (found in the laundry aisle of the grocery store) 
food coloring
glass jars
chopsticks or pencils
boiling water

Bend your pipe cleaners into any shape you would like.  We went with some more free form flakes, but you can achieve a very authentic look by using multiple pipe cleaners.  You are only limited by the size of the jar you are using. 
Once you are done bending tie some string to your creation and suspend it in the jar by tying the other end of your string to the chop stick or pencil.  Make sure your pipe cleaner isn't touching the side or the bottom of you jar.
Next, you will mix two cups of boiling water, six tablespoons of borax and two drops of food coloring together.  Pour this mixture into the jar and let set overnight.  In the morning your snowflakes will have crystallized and are ready to enjoy.

And, just like.. 

in nature...

no two flakes...

are identical.

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