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Crystals prove magical for art project

August 26, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Crystals were the magic ingredient Saturday during Family Fun Day at the local Mohave County Library branch.

Two art projects demonstrated the properties of common crystals but the real magic was creativity.

Magnesium sulfate, also known as Epsom salt, mixed with watercolor paint, or even water and food coloring, initially looks flat on construction paper because the salt dissolves. Once the watercolor fully dries, it takes on texture because the salt forms long needles, said Edith Pando, senior youth services library assistant.

“They’ll be dry by the time you get them to your car,” Pando said.

The other art project, also done on construction paper, was created using glue and sodium borate — also known as borax— a crystal used for laundry and as an ingredient in homemade pest control concoctions. Kids used glue to draw a face, tree, star or other design and sprinkled with borax. The result is a tough, highly textured piece of art.

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