Thursday, 21 June 2012

Borox Crystal Snowflakes

You will need:
  • string
  • large jar
  • pipe cleaners
  • food coloring (optional)
  • boiling water 
  • borax (available from Ebay)
  • pencil
Cut a white pipe cleaner into 3 equal sections. Twist the sections together in the center so that you have a "six-sided" star shape. If your points are not even, trim the pipe-cleaner sections to the same length. Now attach string to one of the star 'arms' and tie the other end to a pencil (this is to hang it from). Fill a  jar with boiling water. Mix borax into the water one tablespoon at a time. Use 3 tablespoons of borax per cup of water. Stir until the Boroax is  dissolved but don't worry if there is powder settling on the bottom of the jar. If you want you can add a little blue food coloring now to give the snowflake a bluish hue. Insert your pipe cleaner snowflake into the jar so that the pencil is resting on the lip of the jar and the snowflake is freely suspended in the borax solution. Wait overnight and by morning the snowflake will be covered with shiny crystals. 

Our took much longer than a day to form and were not perfect crystals!


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