The delicate layer of crystals makes the pinecones look like they are kissed by ice.
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household salt, like alum powder, borax, or Epsom salts
sturdy (floral) wire
- Attach floral wire to pinecones by twisting securely around top.
- Spray pinecones with adhesive and sprinkle with desired salt as if glittering—this is called “seeding” the crystals.
- Let dry overnight.
- Create saturated solution of same salt sprinkled on pinecones—do this by dissolving chosen salt in very hot (almost boiling) water until no more will dissolve. (For Alum, this is about 3⁄4 cup of alum to every 2 cups water; for borax, this is about 1 cup borax to every 2 cups water; for Epsom salts this is about 3⁄4 cup Epsom to every 1 cup water.)
- Add saturated solution to chosen container and allow to cool for 45 minutes.
- Submerge salt-covered pinecones in solution.
- Use binder clips to secure wire to container and keep pinecones submerged.
- Within 4–8 hours, crystals will form on pinecones. Let sit until desired size/effect is reached.
- Remove pinecones from solution, being careful since crystals are fragile when wet.
- Let sit on drying rack for a couple of days.
- To preserve luster of crystals, seal with glossy, polyacrylic spray.
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