Introduction: Hot Glue Stick Crystals!

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I love making things from scratch (like probably everyone does), especially when it comes to imitating precious things.

So when I saw someone making a miniature water bottle from a hot glue stick, I immediately thought of making crystals in the same way!

They are quick and quite simple to make and a lot of fun. I might have made too many for myself already ;)

Hope you enjoy!

Randomona

Step 1: What You Will Need

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For the crystal:

* hot glue stick

* utility knife

(* optional: nail polish)

To wrap the crystal for a necklace:

* thin wire

* scissors or cutting pliers to cut the wire

* necklace cord or chain

Step 2: Carving the Hot Glue Stick

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The first step is tricky at first, but you will get the hang of it:

To make a crystal, cut off a piece of the hot glue stick in the length that you want your crystal to have (or a bit longer).

Then cut off the sides of the stick and try not to slip off by holding the sharp side a bit angular towards the stick. At the same time, try to make the cut smooth and straight.

I usually (kind of) end up with a pentagonal prism shape, but you can create random shapes as well! Getting a symmetric looking crystal is also a question of luck it seems, but it doesn't have to be perfect ;) In the pictures I'm actually cutting the crystal shorter because it didn't turn out very straight.

Next, cut one end into a pointy tip by holding the knife angular again at each side of the crystal.

This is optional, but if you want to make the wrapping of the crystal the easiest afterwards, make a cut around the crystal, near the flat end. This is in order to make the wire sit securely lateron. To dot that, first make a straight cut and then an angular cut towards it.

Step 3: Painting the Crystal (optional)

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I already like the crystal like this - it's translucent and mat and has a blue-ish glow.

But you can apply clear nail polish to make it more shiny and more transparent (I like to use a glitter top coat)

Or you can give it a totally different colour, like I did with this black crystal. I find it harder to make the crystal look smooth like this, but I still like the result. Be aware though that the more coats you put on, the rounder the edges will get.

In order to paint the crystal easily, I put some adhesive putty on a pencil and put the flat side of the crystal on top. The flat side can be painted last.

Step 4: Wrapping the Crystal

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Now to the last step!

The easiest way to wrap the crystal I found was to use the cut we made before. Take two pieces of wire that are about as long as your hand and twist them together near the middle. Then put two wire ends around your crystal into the cut and twist the wire on the other side of the crystal as well.

Keep twisting the wire on both sides until the crystal is secure and you have enough twisted wire to make a loop.

Fold the wires up and twist them maybe two times on the flat side of the crystal. Then make a loop with one wire using a thin round object (your necklace chain should fit inside the loop). Wrap the wires under the loop so that it's secure and cut off the excess wire.

Make sure there are no wire edges sticking out.. and you are done! Just insert a necklace cord or chain and you have a nice selfmade crystal necklace!

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Keep crafting ;)

Comments

ROMHU_CRAFTS (author)2017-03-11

hey i was wondering if you dont have nail polish if you could color it with anything else so it wont melt

Randomona (author)ROMHU_CRAFTS2017-03-12

Hey! :) Yes, I am sure you can. I think you can use regular white glue to give it some shine and you could try different paints like acrylic paint or whatever you have. Maybe try it out on some scrap pieces of the glue stick, that's what I did sometimes. Hope that helps!

Randomona (author)Randomona2017-03-12

(A note: whatever you use, try not to make a very thick layer because then the edges of the crystal won't look as crisp)

ROMHU_CRAFTS (author)Randomona2017-03-18

do you think this process will work:

Spray w/ clear paint

Add glitter when still wet

Wait to dry

Spray again with same paint

Do you think that will keep the glitter from falling off

Randomona (author)ROMHU_CRAFTS2017-03-18

I think it could work! Good luck :)

NebulaFusion (author)2017-03-08

This is nothing short of genius!

Randomona (author)NebulaFusion2017-03-08

Thanks a lot! :D

creating_fantasy made it! (author)2017-01-11

This was really fun and super easy, mine don't look as nice as yours, but they were super fun to make.

That makes me happy :) I like how they turned out, thanks a lot for sharing!

creating_fantasy made it! (author)Randomona2017-01-11

here's one more picture, the finished product :)

Thank you again, this is amazing!

Nice job, I love the colours and how they look altogether :) Thanks for the nice feedback!

DIY-with-MOON (author)2016-12-03

wow, really so creative.

Randomona (author)DIY-with-MOON2016-12-03

Thank you, you are a creative person too! :)

DIY-with-MOON (author)Randomona2016-12-08

thank you soooo much

MANGLEANDFOXY (author)2016-12-01

I voted too :3

Randomona (author)MANGLEANDFOXY2016-12-01

That's lovely thanks a lot! :)

StainX (author)2016-12-01

Good Idea!

Mabye a LED and a tiny Battery+Switch would spice it up even more!?

Randomona (author)StainX2016-12-01

I thought of lighting it up too! Your idea sounds cool :)

MANGLEANDFOXY (author)2016-11-30

Once again your did something great randomaona :3

Randomona (author)MANGLEANDFOXY2016-12-01

Aw thank you!! ^^

lionlover24 (author)2016-11-28

I have glow in the dark pant and I've been waiting for the right thing to use it on:) voted:)

Randomona (author)lionlover242016-11-29

Oh awesome! Hehe glow in the dark pants would be cool too :) Thanks a lot!!

lionlover24 (author)lionlover242016-11-28

I ment paint

jennross76 (author)2016-11-28

this is great! Finally a DO-able instruct-able! Also I did vote for you, as I think this deserves it!

Randomona (author)jennross762016-11-28

Thanks for the awesome feedback and for voting :) glad you like it!

JanetsJewelry (author)2016-11-28

Great idea. I'll try making these with my 4-H kids, but I think I'll shape the glue sticks into hex shapes first to avoid cut fingers. An inexpensive way to practice wire wrapping.

Randomona (author)JanetsJewelry2016-11-28

Cool, I hope it will be fun! Yes that's a good idea, the shaping can be tricky, even for adults :)

dhaykus0418 (author)2016-11-27

Perhaps the glitter glue sticks I's seen?

Randomona (author)dhaykus04182016-11-28

Yeah that would make nice ones too!

motorhead6868. (author)2016-11-26

glow in the dark glue sticks!

Randomona (author)motorhead6868.2016-11-26

Ohhh true that would make epic crystals!

Kozmicblues69 (author)Randomona2016-11-27

I agree!

joen (author)2016-11-24

I wanted to vote for you in the glue contest but I couldn't find this instructable in it to vote. Are you properly entered in the glue contest?

joen (author)joen2016-11-25

OK. Best I can tell, I voted.

Randomona (author)joen2016-11-25

Thank you so much! :)

Randomona (author)joen2016-11-24

That is very nice of you! It is not reviewed yet, but I hope until tomorrow it will be entered.

Kozmicblues69 (author)2016-11-25

Cool! This is a great idea. I will make some. Thanks for sharing it :)

Randomona (author)Kozmicblues692016-11-25

Nice I'm glad you like it ^^

joen (author)2016-11-24

Those could also make some nice ear rings.

Randomona (author)joen2016-11-24

True! They are not heavy

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