Crystal Ball Jewelry

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Introduction: Crystal Ball Jewelry

About: Hi everyone! I'm a hardcore DIY'er, I've published 11 DIY books, just produced my own TV show called Make Your Mark for PBS/APT, I make YouTube videos every week and I'm buried under a mountain of craft sup...

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

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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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    14 Discussions

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    tess_clare9
    tess_clare9

    3 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
    tess_clare9

    3 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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    Mark Montano
    Mark Montano

    Reply 3 years ago

    I'd use 3! Sorry about that.

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    bathsheba_everdene
    bathsheba_everdene

    5 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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    Mark Montano
    Mark Montano

    Reply 5 years ago

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

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    HeatherE2
    HeatherE2

    5 years ago on Introduction

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

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    shazni
    shazni

    5 years ago on Introduction

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

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    asharif4
    asharif4

    5 years ago

    This is awesome!

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    Mark Montano
    Mark Montano

    Reply 5 years ago

    Glad you like it!

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    dollum
    dollum

    5 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 Montano
    Mark Montano

    Reply 5 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.