I’ve made a few posts on here about my adventures growing borax crystals. And while I stalk the hell out of my posts and have already reached out to a few of you concerning my method, I thought it’d be a good idea to make it a post as well.
You can get Borax almost anywhere laundry detergent is sold. I’ve seen small books, photos, postcards, shells, as well as pipe cleaners shaped into bowls and crowns all crystallized using this method.
The ratio I use is 3 tablespoons of Borax to every one cup boiling water.
Bring the water to a boil first.
In a tupperware, add the boiling water to the borax.
Stir until COMPLETELY DISSOLVED.
Submerge your item and leave it be for 12 hours.
Keep in mind that Borax is water-soluble so if you decide to rinse your items after crystallizing do so with gently running water and not for a long period of time as it can disrupt the crystals. Crystals will also be relatively fragile so be careful as to not break them off.
You follow the instructions and something didn’t turn out great, you feel like you’ve messed up. Don’t worry. Just break all the borax crystals from the sides of the tupperware and you item. Warm the solution in a pot until the borax is dissolved again, add another tablespoon of borax and repeat like you did before. Ta-da.
These are really fun (and easy) to make. Pretty much all you have to do is dissolve borax in water, stick some pipe cleaners in there, and wait at least 8 hours for the crystals to form. See some more specific instruction here. I did this project as a collaborative effort with Chemistry Club and The Makers at my college.
I’m still really shocked that the borax took so well to Artemis😍. This skull is now SUPER heavy and dense. It’s kinda cool to look into her nasal cavity with all the crystals that formed up inside the skull. This process was super easy, and even though I already uploaded pics I wanted to post some before shots to see the difference. 💜