Monday, July 15, 2019

Quick Borax Crystal Pipe Cleaner Sculptures

Ever try your hand at growing crystals... on pipe cleaners? Here's a super easy to grow your own crystals overnight. All you need are Borax, pipe cleaners, and some hot water to create your own sparkly sculptures!

Quick Crystal Sculptures

how to make borax crystals grow on pipe cleaners to create art sculptures

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Let's grow some sparkly sculptures!

Today's crystal-growing activity combines science and art! First, we'll create our pipe cleaner sculptures. And then we'll grow crystals on them using Borax.

Grab some pipe cleaners and twist them into different shapes. (We have lips, a unicron horn, geodes, a lump of coal, a tiny man, and the letter "M.")
  

how to make borax crystals grow on pipe cleaners to create art sculptures

Boil a bunch of water and pour it into a plastic or glass container.

Try to dissolve as much Borax as you can into your hot water. (Keep mixing and dissolving until the Borax on the bottom of the container no longer dissolves. Congratulations! You've just made a supersaturated solution!)

Tie your sculptures using string and suspend them from skewers into your hot borax-filled solution!

how to make borax crystals grow on pipe cleaners to create art sculptures

Wait a couple of hours (or even overnight!)

Pull out your art and cut off your string bits.

how to make borax crystals grow on pipe cleaners to create art sculptures

Aren't they gorgeous?

The Borax crystals firm up as they dry. Hold them. Look at them. Study them with a magnifying glass. Or decorate your room with them!

And if you liked this project, try growing your own crystal flowers! (The results are really, really gorgeous.)

how to grow crystal flowers


Happy making!

how to make borax crystals grow on pipe cleaners to create art sculptures



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