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Getting Crafty: Kiva’s Crystal Geodes

02/05/21

KIVA’S CRYSTAL GEODES

SUPPLIES

  • White Pipe Cleaners
  • 1-2 Boxes of Borax
  • Wooden Dowels
  • Tall Kitchen Gloves
  • Apron
  • Mask
  • Goggles
  • Wooden Spoon DO NOT USE FOR COOKING)
  • Tall, Large Soup Pot (DO NOT USE FOR COOKING)
  • 32oz or larger glass heat proof container
  • Scissors
  • Paper Towels

KIVA’S DEMO INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: First, create a really tight structure using pipe cleaners by twisting and tying them together into a ball-like shape. The pipe cleaners will form the crystal base. You want the pipe cleaners close enough so that the crystals can form together. A small, 3-inch crystal will use approximately 20-25 crystals.

STEP 2: Attach a separate pipe cleaner to your final pipe cleaner base. Then wrap that pipe cleaner around the center of a wooden dowel so the base hangs down.

STEP 3: Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Wearing gloves, an apron, a mask, and goggles, carefully add Borax and stir until the water is the color of milk.

*Caution: Borax can be irritating if inhaled or ingested, so it’s recommended that you wear protective gear while working with it. Do not do this with children.

STEP 4: Carefully pour the Borax solution into a heat-proof glass container. Lower the pipe cleaner base into the container and let the wooden dowel rest on top. Make sure the base does not touch any of the edges of the container (otherwise the crystals will form and stick to the glass). If the pipe cleaner base is not completely submerged, add more of the Borax solution until it is fully submerged. Wait 24 hours for the crystals to form.

*Caution: Keep the container out of reach from children and pets.

STEP 5: After 24 hours, remove crystal from the container (wearing gloves), and let it drip dry over a paper towel. Cut the pipe cleaner off of the crystal so you do not see it.

STEP 6 (optional): Spray with clear lacquer for a shinier finish.

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