Crystallized Book

I love experimenting with new processes especially ones that combine science and art. I decided to try and create the crystallized books made popular by Alexis Arnold . By now you probably know my love of all things books and book arts so of course I couldn’t wait to try this technique and see what I could achieve. Using the common household cleaner Borax you basically dissolve as much borax as you can in boiling water, submerge the book or any item for that matter and let it cool, waiting for the crystals to form. The first book I added I let sit for 7 hours and made the mistake of not dissolving the borax at the bottom of the pan enough so I got some caking of the solution. The second book I decided to add some food coloring to create pinkish crystals, I let the book sit for about 12 hours. While I like the look of these I want to try and get the really big crystals formed. So I am going to try some different combinations to see what I can get.

Now I am thinking of all the different items I can crystallize!

Crystal 1

Crystal 2 Crystal 4