Borax crystallizes easily at room temperature which makes it an easy and safe experiment for kids and for adults. This post will tell you how to make some rad looking borax crystals.
Growing Borax crystals is a fun DIY experiment that you can do easily and cheaply at home! These crystals can be grown in a rocky shape or in multiple colors, making them great for mineral displays.
Sticks or pencils to hang pipe cleaners from
Large heat-safe glass measuring cup for making the Borax solution
For a rock form, you can simply twist several pipe cleaners end-to-end and crumple them up into a rock shape. Neatness really doesn't count because you're going to coat the entire mess with crystals.
Find a container slightly larger than the pipe cleaner structure. You want to be able to set the shape in the container, without having it touch the sides.
Boil enough water to fill the container enough that it would cover your pipecleaner form. Stir in borax until it stops dissolving.
Add food coloring. The crystals will be lighter than the solution, so don't worry if it seems deeply colored.
Place the pipe cleaner shape in the solution. You may need to shake it around a bit to dislodge air bubbles to make sure it won't float.
You want the solution to cool slowly in order to get the largest crystals. Cover the container with a towel or plate. You can wrap it in a hot towel or place it in a warm location.
At this point, use a spoon to dislodge the shape from the bottom of the container. Let the crystals grow several more hours or overnight.
If you want to preserve the crystals to display them, you can coat them with floor wax or nail polish.
The Borax Crystals is a good DIY project, besides it also teaches some basic science about saturation and crystallization. So, have fun with your crystals, Backyard Scientists!
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