This month's experiment combines both fun art and fun science! Give it a try!
You Will Need:
- Glass jars with wide openings
- Hot water
- Borax (laundry detergent)
- Pot for mixing
Step 1: Use your pipe-cleaners to create snowflake shapes! You can do this by taking 3 or 4 and twisting them together at the middle point to create the classic shape.
Step 2: Tie a piece of string around the end of one of the pipe-cleaners. You will use this to pull your crystal snowflake out of the jar.
Step 3: In your pot add 3 cups of hot water. Once the water is hot enough, dissolve 9 tablespoons of the borax into the water. Stir until it has all been dissolved.
Step 4: Carefully pour the borax-water solution into the jars you are using, enough so that it'll cover all of the pipe-cleaner snowflake once submerged.
Step 5: Carefully lower the pipe-cleaner snowflake into the jar, making sure that all of it is covered by the borax-water solution and that the string is still hanging outside the jar.
Step 6: Leave out of reach over night.
Step 7: Use the string to carefully remove the snowflake from the jar.
Step 8: See the amazing crystal snowflake you've created! These might make very nice Christmas tree ornaments, or fun window decorations.
For more information, see: http://happyhooligans.ca/crystallized-icicle-ornaments-borax-pipe-cleaners/