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Re: crystalized dried flowers

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Sheryl McCoy (sheryl)
Wed, 16 Jun 1999 17:19:48 -0700


Nora:
I am not sure what was used in the show, but it may have been Borax (right, the Twenty Mule Team product). I believe it's chemical composition is sodium borate, and I know that you can grow crystals using it. Whatever substance you use, always make what is called a super-saturated solution...just as you do when you make syrup or fudge. In a glass (Pyrex or heat resistant) pan, heat the water (it doesn't have to boil)and stir the borax into the water until you can just barely see a few clumps....no matter how much you stir. For the best crystalline formation, pour the water-Borax solution into a clean glass container... leaving any solids still in the container. Hang the flowers in the solution, and DO NOT let them touch the bottom or sides. Let me know how it works out!

Good luck,
Sheryl

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On Wed, 16 Jun 1999 10:30:55 Nora Redfern wrote: >Some time ago I saw on TV dried flowers being soaked into a solution >overnight. After being taken out the next day the flowers were sparkly. >It's been awhile but it seems as though the solution was powdered boron >boiled in water then cooled. It was very pretty, great for holiday >decorating. I could have dreamed the whole thing. Does anyone know about >this? >Thanks, >Nora > >

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