Time for the July monthly Pinterest challenge! This month, I’m making DIY Borax crystal necklace!
If you aren’t familiar with the Pinterest Challenge, it’s a monthly blog challenge to get pin hoarders, that’s me, motivated to try pins from our boards. Here is the Pin inspiration for this DIY Borax crystal necklace –>> DIY Crystals. The inspiration necklace was a long vertical pendant, but I had flat pendant backings and decided to make mine round.
For more pin inspired projects, make sure to check out the links below!Borax crystal necklace is a fun and easy DIY project
Warning! Borax is harmful if ingested, inhaled, or gets into the eyes. It can also cause a skin rash in some people. This project should be done with adult supervision at all times.
- Food coloring gel - optional
- Chenille stems
- Stick or something to lay across the top of the jar
- Fishing line
- E6000 or Ultimate Glue
- Clear gloss sealant - optional
- Metallic paint - optional
- Fine glitter - optional
- Large glass heat proof jars
- Fine sand paper
- Cloth or something to place over the top of the jar
- Create a chenille stem base by coiling the chenille to a circle that is about the size of the necklace base.
- Take fishing line and string through the center of the chenille base. If there are multiple bases, make sure to tie a knot under each base to keep them in place on the fishing line. Tie the fishing line to a stick that will lay across the top of the glass jar.
- Boil 5-6 cups of water. Turn heat off. Measure 2 cups of water and place into the glass jar. Add about 3 heaping tablespoons of Borax per 1 cup of hot water. Mix thoroughly to dissolve Borax. Place jar into the pot with the remaining hot water. Optional - Add food color till you get the color desired.
- Place chenille bases into the jar. Make sure the chenille bases are not touching the sides or bottom of the jar. Place an oven mitt or cardboard over the jar opening. The slow cooling will help form nice crystals. Let the chenille bases sit for 5 hours.
- Remove crystals from the jar. Let the crystals dry overnight on a paper towel.
- When the crystal is dry, sand one side flat by rubbing against fine sand paper. This is the side that will be glued to the necklace base.
- Optional - Seal with a clear gloss sealant or clear nail polish. After making these crystal necklaces, I prefer not to seal them. Note - The crystals can be dissolved if coming into contact with extreme moisture.
- Add a dab of glue to the flat back of the borax crystal and press the necklace base onto it. Let dry.
- If you don't want to add glitter to the edge of the necklace, stop here and add the chain. For color, paint the sides of the crystal and sprinkle fine glitter on while wet. Let dry. Lightly brush off any excess glitter. To prevent glitter from flaking off, spray some of the sealant on paper and use a paint brush to paint over the glitter.
- Add a chain and it's ready to wear!
- Try to use the same color of chenille as the food color being used.
- Dry the crystals indoors as the sun will fade the crystals.
- Sealant can be used, but it will dull the crystals.
- Avoid water and extreme moisture when wearing these as it can slowly dissolve the crystals.
Let’s meet this month’s Pinterest Challenge hosts!
My Pinterventures • Cookies Coffee and Crafts
Sew Crafty Crochet • Eye Love Knots • My Sweet Things
Across the Boulevard • Suzerspace • Purple Hues and Me
Decorate and More with Tip • Mom Home Guide
Our Unschooling Journey • Intelligent Domestications
Craftify My Love • Life Beyond the Kitchen • K’s Olympic Nest
Teadoddles • Farm Girl Reformed • Simple Nature Decor
Stone Cottage Adventures
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