Check out the out of this world cave in mega crystals in this Mexican cave! Is it Superman's Fortress of Solitude?!
This one is literally all about making your very own rock star – set up a crystal laboratory and make gloriously glittery crystals.
What to do
Your mission is:
1. WATCH THIS!
You don’t need to be a magician to make crystals, all you need is a bit of science and stuff around your kitchen. Check out the ‘how to’ video of the craft behind the crystals, or you can read on below if you want to get your crystals cracking right NOW!
2. GET BENDY
Arm yourself with the pipe cleaners and bend and twist them into the shape you want your crystal to become.
This is going to be the ‘skeleton’ of your crystal. Be creative – you can make a star, a snow flake, a crystal skull, a horse – anything you like!
The only limit is your imagination (and possibly how big a bucket you can find, the length of pipe-cleaner and how much borax you can get your hands on!).
3. STRING IT OUT!
Once you’ve hit on a shape you’re into, tie a 1 metre long piece of string around the top and put aside – we’ll be back to this bit soon!
4. WARM UP
Using the measuring cup, pour very hot (but not boiling) water into the plastic bucket in 1-cup doses (count them!!) until it’s deep enough so that your pipe cleaner shape will be covered when it is lowered into the bucket.
5. BREW THE BORAX
Then for each cup of hot water you poured in your bucket, add 4 tablespoons of borax. So if it was 5 cups of water, you’d wanna add around 20 tablespoons of borax.
6. YOU LITTLE STIRRER
Give it a good stir until most of the borax has dissolved (all good if some stays on the bottom). If you like you can stir in drops of food coloring until it is a colour you like (optional).
7. DUNK IT
Dangle your pipe-cleaner ‘skeleton’ into the mixture by tying the string to the dowel or stick and using it as a bar across the top of the bucket. (You wanna make sure that the pipe-cleaner doesn’t touch the bottom or sides of the bucket.)
Now you get to leave it somewhere cool overnight, wash your hands and go to sleep!
8. CRYSTAL CRAZINESS
The next morning, carefully pull your pipe-cleaner out of the borax solution. And boom!! – like a butterfly*, it has transformed into a beautiful crystal creation!!
*Butterflies are not made of crystal.
**Unless you actually made a butterfly – then it will be.
UPLOAD THE MADNESS!
You can make all sorts of crazy crystals in your lab: bend your pipe-cleaners in the shape of Skylander Choppers or Minecraft’s prismarine or enders, or sunglasses and peace signs…
Or your very own crystal moustache! You decide what has the X-Factor, then upload the result and get to the next Wild Eyes' level!
GO CRYSTAL HORSE!
Have you ever seen a crystal horse? Well be like Harry Potter and conjure one ...
OR for an awesome double-up, how about making some stalactites and stalagmites for your Wild Eyes cave?
KITCHEN BENCH CRYSTALS
Crystals are found in many types of rocks. Igneous rocks form when molten volcanic magma cools very slowly underground or at the surface as lava, allowing crystals to form.
A great example of igneous rock is granite which is sometimes used on things like kitchen benches! If you look closely at granite you can see flecks of white, black, grey and sometimes pink.
These flecks of color are the crystals in the igneous rock: you got that? Crystal clear?
Did you know limestone caves are also made via the process of crystallization?
Limestone rock (calcium carbonate) in the ground is dissolved by rain water seeping through cracks in the earth. Over time, caves form as the limestone is slowly but continuously dissolved.
When the rain water eventually evaporates, tiny crystals of limestone are left behind on the surface. After a long time, re-crystallized limestone rock in caves forms stalactites and stalagmites = crystal cool!