Make colorful, homemade crystals with just a handful of household items.
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- Hey. I'm Zoe Kelly. This is Bill, Neil and Beyonce. And welcome to the Kitchen Lab. This is a place where I'll be testing out some cool experiments, hacks and fun things we've all see online and letting you know if they're worth a try at home. So grab a lab coat and let's get to testing. I love crystals. I think they're so cool but the price tag not the coolest thing ever. So, when I found out that there's a way to make them at home with just a few ingredients I was all about it. So, today we're trying out Borax crystals. Let's get started. You guys gotta go to the back. Let's grab what we need. Alright for our Borax crystals we're gonna need Borax, a heat safe jar. You're gonna need three pipe cleaners, some food coloring, a sturdy string, a stick, something to stir with, a piece of cardboard. Alright let's start by making the framework to our crystals with our pipe cleaners. We're gonna need three and this is because you're gonna roll it around multiple times. Let's go ahead and join them together. So, put the two pieces together and then twist, so you have one big long piece. Now do it again with the other one. Put them together. Twist. There you go you have one long pipe cleaner. So then we're gonna begin to start rolling it together. So grab one end. Then you're gonna make a really tight circle and it's super important because if you don't make it small enough you're just gonna have a huge hole in the middle of your crystal and then it's gonna be like not even a crystal. It's gonna be some weird rock looking thing. So go ahead and make it very small. And then just go ahead and keep circling around. So as you can see if I were to let it go it just wouldn't even look like a circular object. What you do is you use the other side and kind of loop it into the circle and that's gonna interconnect everything together. So now that I have my little framework of my crystals I'm gonna go ahead and tie a string to one end. And you want this to be a sturdy string 'cause as soon as the crystallization process is done it's gonna be kind of tough to take out, so don't use some flimsy string. Tough string works best. We're gonna make a knot. Alright and then the other end I'm gonna circle it around my stick a few times and then tie a knot at the end. Boom. We're halfway there guys. This is gonna help me dunk it into the solution once we're done. Alright, now moving right all along. Here I have a pot of boiling water. You go ahead and turn this off now. I'm gonna add my boiling water in a heat safe container. Alright, so with my Borax I'm gonna go ahead and add this. I'm gonna do about half of it at a time. Oh, I feel like a scientist right now guys. Stir it until it's dissolved. Alright, so now that it's dissolved I'm gonna go ahead and keep adding more. Just making a Borax cocktail. Wow, it's already starting to get thick. It's literally getting harder and harder to stir it. Alright, gonna add more. The more borax you add, the better. You really want this to be really thick. Alright, I'm gonna go ahead and add the rest of this. It's getting to be an arm workout over here. And it's starting to not dissolve anymore. I can literally feel it. Alright, and this looks good. I see that the bottom isn't settling anymore. All of it is dissolved, which is exactly what I want. I'm gonna go ahead and add my food coloring. Depending on what color you want your crystal to be add that specific food color. I'm gonna make a beautiful purple one today. So, I'm gonna add about four drops of gel food coloring. Two. Awesome. Alright and let's give this a stir. Look at that color. It's so pretty. That looks awesome. So now we're gonna go ahead and dunk our crystal in. Have our framework going in and we're gonna give it a couple of dunks. And now we're just gonna dunk it in and you can kind of wrap your string around, so it doesn't touch the bottom. Now we're gonna go ahead and cover it with a piece of cardboard. Alright and that's it. We're gonna let this sit for eight to 12 hours and in that meantime binge watch your favorite show, go out for a walk, whatever it is that you do. Let it sit. What's it like being a fish? Is it true that you guys have a five second memory? I think it's done. Okay. Been waiting for this for a long time. Alright, let's see. I can definitely see some crystallization has happened on the outside. The real test lies here. Dom, dom, dom, dom, dom. Stop it right now. Oh my gosh. This is pretty awesome guys. It's rock solid. Doesn't bend. It's shiny like a real crystal. You guys are gonna have to try this one at home. You can make tons of these. Give them to your friends as gifts. This is really one of my favorite experiments we've done so far. This is awesome. I want to see your crystal creations. When you make these tag me so I can see them. And if you have any experiments that you want me to try here at the Kitchen Lab, make sure you tag tastemade. I'll see you next time. Awesome.