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Here is our creation:
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FormationsDecorate your house with borax formations. Start by creating the desired shape of the formation with pipe cleaners. Twist the pipe cleaners together to make any shape imaginable. Remember to make sure the shape will fit inside the jar that will be used. Now, attach a piece of string to the top of the pipe cleaners and tie the other end to a pencil or an object that can be used to hang from the jar. Next, fill a wide-mouth jar with boiling water (be careful and make sure not to touch the boiling water). Mix borax into the water one tablespoon at a time. Stir until the borax is dissolved. It is okay if some undissolved borax settles to the bottom of the jar. Use 3 tablespoons of borax for each cup of water.
Optional: If desired, add food coloring to change the color of the formation.
Insert the pipe cleaner formation into the jar so that the pencil rests on top of the lip of the jar and the formation is freely suspended in the borax solution. Now all you have to do is wait overnight and by morning the formation will be covered with shiny crystals. Borax formations make great ornaments during the winter time. Also when it’s sunny outside hang it by the window as a sun-catcher.
Dissolve 1 tablespoon of table salt and 3 tablespoons of 20 Mule Team Borax in one cup of warm water. Soak heavy twine, such as butcher’s twine for large candles, in the solution for at least 24 hours. Allow twine to thoroughly dry before using to make candles.
Preserve Fresh FlowersTwo different mixtures (by weight) are recommended: two parts 20 Mule Team Borax and one part dry white sand, or one part 20 Mule Team Borax and two parts corn meal.
Begin by cutting flowers which are as free from surface moisture as possible. The stem may be left attached or removed below base of the calyx. (Calyx is the green leafy part of the flower—a cup-like area above the stem.) Sprinkle Borax mixture into an empty box (a shoe box is ideal) and place flower and leaves, if desired, on the mixture. Gently cover the flower with additional mixture, being careful not to crush or distort the petals. Some flowers that have a large number of overlapping petals, such as roses and carnations, are best treated by sprinkling mixture directly into the blossom before placing them into the box. When completely covered, there should be no air space around the flower. For easy removal, use two flowers per box maximum, depending on flower size. Seal the box with tape and store at room temperature in a dry place for seven to ten days. (Experimentation will perhaps shorten this waiting period by several days depending on climate and type of flower.)
After flowers are dried, remove by slowly pouring the mixture from the box until enough of the flower appears and can be secured with two fingers. Pour off remaining mixture until flower can be removed without damage. Clean off any clinging materials with a soft artist’s brush. Whole petals which have been broken off may be glued back in place.
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