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

Borax

Food coloring

E-6000 Glue

Glass globes (DoreenBeads.com)

Globe caps

Pipe cleaners

Thread

Chopsticks

Glass jar

Step 3: Grow the Crystals

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!

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

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    tess_clare9

    2 years ago

    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?

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    tess_clare9

    2 years ago

    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?

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    bathsheba_everdene

    3 years ago

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

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

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    HeatherE2

    3 years ago on Introduction

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

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    dollum

    3 years ago on Introduction

    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 ....

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    Mark Montanodollum

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    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.