Science gets crafty with the new Klutz activity book Grow Your Own Crystal Jewelry. With it, kids get almost all the tools they need to make up to seven different jewelry projects, depending on the size of the crystals they grow, including making a crystal stick pendant, wire coil earrings, a crystal ring, a geode slice pendant, a zigzag pendant, and a colossal crystal.
Essentially, pipe cleaners become the base for the crystal jewelry. Kids create a solution of distilled water and crystal powder to help the crystals grow on the pipe cleaners. Boiling water on the stove is required, as is patience because you have to let the hot water cool down in some steps, you have to let things dry in other steps, and you have to wait for crystals to grow, which can take a few hours.
But while you're waiting, the instruction booklet provides many pages explaining how crystals grow so that kids can gain an understanding of the science behind the activity they're doing.
Once the crystals have grown and are dry, you've got to glaze the crystals, let them dry, and then attach the crystals to whatever piece of jewelry you're making, from necklace cord to earrings to a ring. You can even decorate the crystals with glitter.
We were surprised at how easy it was to actually grow the crystals. Sure, it takes some time, but our crystals grew on the first try. Kids who have the patience to see the project through to completion will be really satisfied in their crystal jewelry. Plus, the solutions you make for one project can easily be reused for another project, which will help conserve some of the crystal powder so kids can make even more jewelry.
Grow Your Own Crystal Jewelry comes with a 48-page book of instructions, crystal powder, eight pipe cleaners, four dye tablets, two ring blanks, two earring wires, three lobster clasps, 20 jump rings, six cord ends, two feet of jewelry wire, nine feet of necklace cord, six feet of nylon thread, two craft sticks, crystal glaze, and glitter.
Tools you'll need from home include small, heatproof jars with lids, liquid measuring cups and tablespoons, a small pot, distilled water, a long-handled metal spoon, masking tape, a pencil or marker, high-quality clear nail polish, a trivet or potholder, a small plastic plate or lid, rubber bands, plastic wrap, and coffee filters.
Before you begin, make sure your workspace is free from obstructions and away from the storage of food.
The crystal powder can cause irritation to eyes, mouth, and skin. Eye protection is not included but is recommended.
The dye tablets can stain, so make sure to protect fabrics and surfaces. You might want to wear play clothes for this activity.
If you develop a rash while wearing the crystal jewelry, take it off right away, and see a doctor if the rash doesn't go away after a few days.
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