Today I tried something I have been wanting to try for a while now!
I have seen pins and other online sources showing how to make your own big borax crystals, so I really wanted to try!
It doesn’t take a lot, borax, pipe cleaners, food colouring, string, something to hang the pipe cleaner from and a pot of boiling water!
While I was waiting for the water to boil, I made a rough shape out of 3 pipe cleaners. I used mostly pink ones because I knew that was what colour I was going to add to the water.
I then attached the pipe cleaner shape to the bbq skewer I am using to suspend it in the water with string.
The water was boiling by the time I was done this.
I added about 30 + drops of pink food colouring to the water and then started pouring the borax into the water.
Everything I read said to keep adding the borax until it wouldn’t disolve anymore. I added more than half the box… hopefully it was enough!
When I thought I had enough borax in the water, I suspended my bbq with the pipe cleaner and now it’s a waiting game!
I put the lid on the pot, leaving a space for the bbq skewer and set it aside to cool. Everything I read says to wait about 8 hours!
This is a picture I took after 3 hours. You can sort of see the borax starting to cling to the pipe cleaner shape!
I knew that I wouldn’t be able to go without peaking at least once!
After 8 hours, this is what I ended up with! A big scary mess! I thought for sure I had completely ruined my pot!
The borax had hardened all around the inside of my pot! I started to chip away to get the actual “crystal ” out and then tried to think of what to do with the rest of it.
Then the light bulb went off lol. I poured boiling water in the pot and it just disolved again. Phew! Disaster averted!
Here are pictures of my crystal, post perceived disaster!