How to Make a Snowflake With Epsom Salt

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When making a snowflake with Epsom salt, you're always going to want to keep a few key tools handy. Make a snowflake with Epsom salt with help from a high school art teacher in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm here today to show you how to make snowflakes with Epsom salt. You can just get it at your local grocery store. And what you want to do is take about two cups water, hot water. And one cup but it's two tablespoons of salt to every cup of water. So it's okay actually, sometimes, to make it thicker then that. It's not going to hurt anything. You basically pour your salt in. Heat it up, stir it up. You come up with this thick salty solution. And then you take a paint brush and on a pre-cut snowflake. I already cut this one out of a thick sort of watercolor or card stock paper. You paint the surface with the Epsom salt mixture. And it's thick and you paint it. This is a thick solution and you keep painting it on until you cover the whole snowflake. Then you let that dry and then you add another coating of Epsom salt on it. And when you are done you are suppose to have the crystallized surface that looks shiny. So when it dries you get a crystallized surface. But another cook thing you could do besides Epsom salt which is cool. You can also use Borax to cause the crystallization process to occur which is really fun and it's worked out really good for me. I just took this jar, I guess it holds about two cups of water. And I filled it full of water. And I put it in the microwave for about two minutes. And it got pretty hot. And then I added six tablespoons of Borax. And you can get that at your actually grocery store. It's for clothing or cleaning your clothes. And you pour those in there, whatever. Pretend I'm pouring it and then you mix it up. And you keep stirring it until it's dissolved fully about a minute. You want it to fully dissolve. Then what you do is you take chenille wire or pipe cleaners, that's what we used to call them. Which you can buy anywhere. These are shiny ones. And you are going to bend them into the shape of a snowflake. Basically you have your middle point. You have your two that go across creating an X. And then on each one of these little extensions you add one more little wire and twist it around. Twist a little wire around each one of these. So you have the one, two, three, four, five, six. And then you add a little wire to each of these on the outside creating a basic snowflake shape. Then you take that and you put it on a string with a pencil on top. I'm not going to submerge this cause I had to, I've already taken it out. You submerge this. This is too big for this but you make yours smaller like I did here. And you submerge it down into the solution. I'm not going to stuff this one back down in like this. And it hangs in there overnight like this. And then when you wake up in the morning and you pull it out you have this. The crystals have formed very nicely I must say on every bit of the chenille wire. And it looks really nice, it's a beautiful crystal snowflake made out of Borax.

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