Growing crystals is SO fun. If you haven’t done it, this is going to be a treat. If you have already done it, you already know how exciting and cool it is! After I quickly teach you how to create these borax crystals, I’ve got 3 jewelry ideas for how YOU can use the crystals you just created!
- Distilled Water
- Glass Jars
- Pipe Cleaners
- Big pot that will fit your glass jar
- String and a pencil or wooden skewer
To start, you are going to get your water boiling. You’ll want water in your pot AND your glass jars. You won’t need much in your pot, maybe 1″. In your jars however, you want to be able to fully submerge your pipe cleaner which you’ll make in the next step.
Fold up or trim pipe cleaners to a shape you’d like. This is fun because you can make them look like natural shapes or even put them in the shape of a heart. Make sure they’re not too wide so they still fit in your glass jar!
Once your water is finally boiling, start adding borax to the glass jars (NOT the pot!) Add about 1/3 a cup of Borax at a time. This requires SO MUCH Borax. I probably used half a box for the four glasses I was making. Keep adding it until it can no longer dissolve. This is why using distilled water will really help you. It will absorb much more of the Borax meaning larger, clearer crystals. Turn off the heat once you have the water completely saturated with the Borax.
Tie a string to your pipe cleaner and then tie it to your pencil or wooden skewer.
Place your pipe cleaner in the water. Keep as little of the string out of the water as possible because crystals will grow on whatever is in the water. Also make sure the pipe cleaner is not touching or near any part of the glass because you won’t be able to remove it from the glass because it forms crystals TO the glass.
Cover your pot and let it sit over night or about 6-8 hours to allow your borax crystals to grow.
When you’ve waited a good amount of time, remove your crystals. Trim the string.
Another thing I did that was kind of fun was chip away at the crystals that formed on the bottom of the glass for little mini crystals. This is a good way to make a pair of stud earrings!
So now let’s make some jewelry!
The next little DIY I did with my crystals was this statement ring. It turned out so pretty!
Here is a fun DIY that is sure to be a topic of conversation. I made some BIG crystals and wanted to see if I could make something out of them. I wrapped my crystal in wire and strung it onto a simple chain.
Large crystal necklace supplies:
Into making a bold statement? Grow a huge crystal and make it into a conversation worthy pendant!
Do you have any other ideas using Borax crystals? I’d love to hear them because I always need an excuse to grow a crystal.
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I don’t think style has to be sacrificed for price! I love creating DIYs that don’t look homemade and look deceptively expensive. Practical and Pretty began because I said ‘I could make that!’ so often that I decided to finally do it, and document my process.