If you were to look on my desk, in my room or though my backpack, sure enough you would find some type of crystal. From the colors, to the geometric shaping, they are visual candy that I just can’t seem to get enough of. There are a ton of different crystals that exist, and Brigette’s crystal post earlier in the week gave some great suggestions on ways to incorporate them into your life. In addition to bringing you ways to use them, I wanted to share with you all a way to actually make some crystals of your own! You can make all sorts of homemade crystals, but a lot of them involve chemicals that you might not have access to or have a hard time finding. An easy kind you can make yourself are alum crystals.
Alum is a type of salt that you can readily find in the spice isle of many grocery stores. It’s a little coarser than table salt, and has more of a distinct smell. It’s normally used for pickling different types of vegetables, but it’s also the perfect ingredient for making your own crystals. Like with anything that grows, a seed is required to start the process. In this post today, I am going to share with you how to make seed crystals, which eventually will turn into a large, clear alum crystal!
All you need are a few things to start the process:
2 tbsp Alum
1/2 cup hot tap water
Fishing wire or sewing thread
Pour the alum and hot tap water into a glass jar.
Stir the mixture until the water is saturated and foggy.
Put the jar in an undisturbed place, and place a coffee filter over it. Within a few hours, you will start to see little seed crystals forming on the sides and bottom of the jar. I let my jar sit overnight.
In the morning, I took off the coffee filter and carefully poured out the excess alum solution. I was amazed at how many little crystals had formed!
These little guys can be used as seed crystals to form a larger crystal. If you are happy with tiny crystals, feel free to stop here! If you want to try and grow a bigger one, the next step is to find one of the largest ones out of the bunch you have. Tweezers come in handy here!
Once you have selected one, take some fishing line and tie a knot around the crystal. If you are having a difficult time with the nylon fishing wire, you can try using some sewing thread. Tie the other end to an object that you can use as an anchor. (I used a stick but you can also use a pen, Popsicle stick, ruler, etc…) Fill up another glass jar with a new batch of alum solution, and carefully place the crystal into the jar. The wire/ string should be long enough to have the little crystal submerged in water, but not touching the bottom. The alum in the solution will start moving towards the little crystal to help it grow!
I’m going to let my crystal sit for a few days in the solution and see what happens. If all goes well, I should be left with a bigger, beautiful alum crystal!
Have you all ever tried growing crystals? Please share!
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