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Glitter Geodes– Faux but Fab Gem Stones!

Why wait for Mother Nature when you can whip up geodes in a jiff?

  • 1 /5
    Difficulty
  • 6+
    For Ages
  • $10
    Expense

Directions

  • 1 In small bowls, mix glue and food coloring of different colors (don’t forget purple to recreate an amethyst).
  • 2 Now pour in sea salt and mix quickly, shaping balls to look uneven and random, like real rocks.
  • 3 While your salt balls are wet, and look like raw cookie dough, sprinkle glitter on top.
  • 4 Let dry overnight and spray pair the bottom of each rock once it’s dry to add a finishing, realistic touch.

The Sci Behind the DIY

A geode – which means ‘Earth-like’ in Greek – is created when dissolved minerals settle into the hollow areas of soil, like animal burrows or tree roots or even bubbles of volcanic rock. The minerals harden inside and eventually – over millions, even billions of years – form a shell that covers the surface of the hollow. From the outside, a geode looks like a regular rock, but break it open and BOOM! Brilliant, colorful crystals abound! Your faux creations resemble what it would look like if you cracked open a real geode.

 

Sure, these may not be real stones like amethyst, quartz or calcite, but they’re just as dazzling and fun. You can put your sparkly homemade stones inside Easter eggs, plant them in your garden to grow a beanstalk that pierces the clouds (imagination required), or wear them as rings, earrings and necklaces. You can find all kinds of jewelry-making essentials at any craft store.

 

Just for fun, we recommend downloading a sparkling app and rocking on with your fab selfie!

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