Sunday, January 30, 2011

Borax Crystals

This was a COOL experiment/craft.

Here is what you will need.....
Borax Laundry Booster
boiling water
jars or glasses
pencils
pipecleaners

Create a shape out of your pipecleaners and attach it to the pencil {either with the pipecleaner or some yarn/string}
Boil water and dissolve Borax into the water - I used about 4-5 tablespoons of Borax per glass.
Put your pipecleaner shape into the glass being sure that it does not touch the sides of the glass.

Note - while Borax is a natural product it should not be consumed or inhaled so be careful and follow the precautions on the box.

Here is our snowflake before adding water to show how it will hang in the glass without touching the walls of the glass.

Here it is after a few hours with crystals starting to form.


Here are the final products after sitting in the solution for 24 hours.

So pretty....

.....and so easy!


4 comments:

  1. Heather, you can also use Borax to make slime. It works very well. Here's a recipe: http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemistryactivities/ss/slimerecipe.htm

    Never thought of using it to make polymer crystals! LOVE that!

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  2. Ummmm polymer crystals? You are such a science smartie :) I just know it makes cool crystals!

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  3. The borax crystallized on the bottom of my glasses and I cannot get it out. Any suggestions?

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  4. So they don't need to be frozen? The crystals form and stay formed after they are removed?

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