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Crystal Snowflakes

Any child can be a scientist with this fun and interactive "crystal" snowflake science project from Jim "Professor Figgy" Noonan.

Source: Martha Stewart

materials

  • Ruler
  • Tinsel pipe cleaners
  • Wire cutters
  • 28-gauge wire
  • Pliers
  • Water
  • Borax
  • Large container
  • Wooden spoon or dowel
  • Optional: Spray adhesive
  • Optional: Glitter
  • Optional: Spray sealant
  • Coffee filter

steps

  1. Using wire cutters or scissors, cut pipe cleaner into three 6-inch pieces and six 2-inch pieces.
  2. Twist pipe cleaner pieces together to form a six-pointed snowflake pattern.
  3. With pliers, make a loop at the end of the longer sixth point of snowflake.
  4. Cut an 8-inch piece of 28-gauge wire; thread through small loop, and twist to secure. Wrap about six inches of the wire around a craft stick. Set aside.
  5. Prepare super-saturated borax solution by combining a heaping 1/2 cup borax per every 3 cups very hot water. Heat the solution in the microwave or on the stove top until the borax is completely dissolved.
  6. Submerge pipe-cleaner snowflake in the borax solution, resting the craft stick across the mouth of the container. Adjust length of wire so the snowflake is completely covered in solution, but not touching the sides or bottom of the container.
  7. Cover set-up with a coffee filter to keep dust out and place in a location where it will not be disturbed.
  8. Remove from container after 24 hours and let dry completely.
  9. Optional: Using spray adhesive, spray and sprinkle with glitter. Then spray with a clear sealant if desired.

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