Admittedly this is my third instructable on making candle holders so it may seem like I have a bit of an obsession. But what can I say, one can never have enough candles. Especially if you have sparkly crystal candle holders.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
- *Borax -can be found in the laundry aisle
- Chenille stems/pipe cleaners
- Clear glass tea light holder
- Large container, preferably glass
- Measuring spoon and spoon for stirring
- Pencil or dowel
Step 2: Form
Step 3: Supersaturate
Don't use containers or utensils that you used mixing Borax again for food. Borax is also an irritant so use gloves.
I didn't have a glass container large enough to fit in my frame so I used a 2 litre ice cream container*. I filled the container with 1.5L (5cups) of boiling water and gradually added about 250ml (1cup) Borax while stirring. As you are adding check for cloudiness in the solution, you can stop adding then. Once it has become cloudy the Borax is no longer dissolving and your solution has become supersaturated, ready for the creation of crystals.
*My ice cream container is plastic #5 (polypropylene) which has a melting point above 130oC, so it can handle boiling water. But glass is preferred if you have it since you can better see when the solution is saturated and you can watch the crystals form.
Step 4: Submerge
Step 5: Drain
Try using different colour pipe cleaners or adding several drops of food colouring to your solution in step 3.