Instructions how to Grow your own Holiday Ornament. Supplies

Instructions how to Grow
your own Holiday Ornament.
Mason jar to hold hot water (or other wide mouth jar)
Pipe Cleaners (red, white and green or other colors)
Hot Water (solvent)
Borax (solute)
Tablespoon for measuring
Pencil and string
An adult to help with the boiling water
1. Twist and/or cut the pipe cleaner into a shape.
2. Tie a piece of string on top of the pipe cleaner and the other end
of the string onto a pencil
3. Adult boils water and pours it into the mason jar.
4. Stir in 3 Tbsp borax for every cup of hot water. Stir well.
5. Lower the pipe cleaner shape into the jar, and secure the pencil
on top of the jar (so the shape is hanging freely). Don’t allow the
pipe cleaner to touch the bottom.
6. Allow to sit 3-4 hours (or overnight) and observe what happens.
Set up
Pip cleaner bent or cut into shape
Pipe cleaner in Mason jar with dissolved borax
The Science
The borax (solute) dissolves in hot water. (solvent). Hot water can hold
More dissolved borax than cold water. By stirring borax in boiling
Water, you have created a supersaturated solution. As the water cools
(gradually), the borax comes out of solution and forms crystals on the
Pipe cleaner. The slower the cooling, the larger the crystals.
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