Introduction: Crystal Ball Jewelry

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Grow your own crystals with Borax and then make some magical crystal ball jewelry!

Step 1: Watch the Short Video Tutorial Here!

Step 2: You'll Need

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Food coloring

E-6000 Glue

Glass globes (

Globe caps

Pipe cleaners



Glass jar

Step 3: Grow the Crystals

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Cut 1" long pieces of pipe cleaner

Tie each piece to a piece of 8" long thread

Tie the thread to a chopstick

Mix 1 tablespoon of Borax per cup of boiling water

Stir in food coloring if you want

Dangle the pipe cleaners inside of the Borax mixture making sure they don't touch the glass

Let sit undisturbed for at least 6 hours

Step 4: Remove and Create!

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Remove your crystals after about 6 hours

*The longer you leave them in, the larger they grow

Make sure they are completely dry

Fill your glass globes with the crystals

Add the globes to a ring or globe cap with E-6000 glue


tess_clare9 (author)2017-02-11

Do you have any advice for how many drops of food coloring to add per cup of water? What ratio did you use to get the results we see in the Instructable?

tess_clare9 (author)2016-11-12

Hi, these are amazing. One question though. In the video you say 3 tablespoons of borax; in the written instructions it's 1. Which is correct?

Mark Montano (author)tess_clare92016-11-13

I'd use 3! Sorry about that.

helloperson (author)2015-12-02

Very pretty!

bathsheba_everdene (author)2015-05-11

Wonderful idea; these are gorgeous. I didn't know it was so easy to make crystals without a crystal-growing kit.

Easier than you know! Check out my YouTube channel tomorrow for another fun crystal growing project.

HeatherE2 (author)2015-05-08

wow these are awesome, love them my grand daughter would love making these as well

These look awesome! Love your work as always!

shazni (author)2015-05-03

I just love this! Must try it with my daughter :-)

Mark Montano (author)shazni2015-05-03

Kids love this project Shazni!

asharif4 (author)2015-05-03

This is awesome!

Mark Montano (author)asharif42015-05-03

Glad you like it!

dollum (author)2015-05-01

So pretty and a GREAT idea for a Science Fair project.

But can you actually wear something like this as it's displayed? Wondering how fragile those crystals are ....

Mark Montano (author)dollum2015-05-01

Not very fragile actually. My assistant has been wearing it for a week straight and it's fine. Just make sure they are completely dry before you put them in the glass globes.

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