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Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.

Homemade Crystal Star of David Ornament

By December 12, 2013

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Homemade Crystal Star of David (Anne Helmenstine)


Make a sparkling homemade crystal Star of David to celebrate the holidays! This project is extremely easy, resulting in a keepsake ornament overnight.

Materials

  • 2 pipecleaners - use glittery ones to get opalescent colors
  • very hot water
  • borax

Make the Star of David

To form the Star of David, bend a pipecleaner into an equilateral triangle and twist the ends of the pipecleaner together to secure the shape. Repeat this with the second pipecleaner. Overlay the two triangles over each other to make the six-sided star. If you like, you can twist the triangles together a bit to hold them against each other, although the crystals will grow over the shape to hold it into a star anyway.

Grow the Crystal Star

  1. Find a cup or bowl large enough to hold the Star of David.

  2. In a separate container, mix borax into very hot or boiling water until it stops dissolving. You will know when you have enough borax (saturated solution) because undissolved borax will start to collect at the bottom of the container.

  3. Pour this solution over the star in your bowl. Try to avoid getting undissolved borax in the container. If you do, it won't ruin your ornament, but it will compete with the star for crystal growth, so it might slow down your project.

  4. Put the container someplace where it won't be disturbed and allow crystals to grow several hours or overnight.

  5. Remove the crystal Star of David from the solution and set it on a paper towel or hang it to dry. That's it! You can store the star wrapped in tissue paper to keep it pretty.

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Comments

December 12, 2013 at 5:10 am
(1) mukwase jonan perelinoh says:

Thanx for the procedure. Please send me more of the chemistry.

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