Kit & Video Tutorial: Borax Crystallization with Julia Barbee

Learn to create crystallized objects using household materials, filmed here at the Sou’wester.

The constraints of her autobiographical journey inform artist Julia Barbee’s subjects and material choices.  She has worked in wearables, performance, perfume, film, food, sculpture, social media, photography, and writing. She co-founded and curated a five-year running art event called Spaceness, which was awarded grant funding from the the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. She has an MFA in fiber, and has been working in Portland, Oregon for almost two decades where she lives with her husband and two children.

jar, borax, string, link to a 1.5-minute tutorial video

materials to crystallize, stick or utensil for suspension, hot water

This project is geared for those 8 years and older guided by an adult.  All skill levels welcome. (Keep borax out of reach of children.)

The video tutorial is 1.5 minutes in length. Please allow for 10 minutes of prep and 12-72 hours for the completed project.

Please purchase the kit in our Sou’wester Online Market and select “pickup”. The front desk staff will get your kit ready for you and place it in the market pickup area at the front desk just inside the door. You will get an email when your kit is ready for pickup, usually in 30 minutes or less. This email will include the link to the online video tutorial.

Kits are currently available for pick-up only. All items in the purchased kit are yours to use and take home with you.