Start by measuring a suitable amount(see
package directions) of crystals into container that will hold the
You can’t use too much water. Any
excess water is going to be drained off in a strainer. You want
to be sure you have enough water so your crystals absorb as much
as they possibly can.
If your crystals are not expanding over
a 1-2 hour period, they need more water.
In about 2-4 hours, your crystals will be
fully expanded. Drain off excess water!
You can either purchase our baked in colored
crystals or make your own by using food coloring in the water you
add to the raw crystals or adding diluted coloring to the raw crystals-let
stand one hour and then use clear water. Either way its a fun way
to add color coordination to your designs!
1. Pour the crystals into a colander and rinse with water.
2. Place the crystals on a clean styrofoam tray or tray covered
with wax paper.
3. In approximately 2 to 3 weeks the crystals will shrivel and
dry back to a hard crystal. Place them in a baggie and save to use
NOTE: Sunlight can turn the gels somewhat slimy, so keep them out
of direct sunlight or direct heat. You may add your
own decorations, but be sure they will not rust or be
destroyed by water. Food coloring may be added, but
your crystals will be forever somewhat colored. WARNING:
Cigarette/cigar smoke may affect the clarity of your
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