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How To Grow Your Own Crystals At Home

Updated on April 23, 2017
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Marc Hubs is a writer/researcher on the mind, science, psychology/psychiatry, metaphysics & consciousness. Author of Reflections Of NPD.

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Not only are crystals one of nature's most beautiful and precious creations, but they also have deep and mysterious power.

Some people believe that the ancient Atlanteans placed information within crystals essential to the future of the evolution of Earth, whereas others believe that the crystal interior of Earth is a highly advanced crystal computer system.

Although most crystals obviously grow and form naturally within the deepest recesses of the Earth, many crystals such as Sapphire, Ruby and Diamond can be and are also grown using commercial methods.

Of course, the commercial growing of such crystals is a process which requires extremely high pressures and dangerously high temperatures and this is therefore not something which can be done at home. It is, however, possible to grow other types of crystals in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Not only can growing crystals in such a way provide you with a fun new hobby to pass your time, but it can also be an excellent and rewarding way of educating children on the basics of crystals and how they are formed.

What You Need

Whilst you are limited to what types of crystals you can grow at home, you don't need to have any specialist equipment.

There are many dissolvable minerals easily available which can be used to grow crystals in the comfort of your own home and this includes table salt, borax, washing soda, sugar and alum. Copper sulphate is also another option but if children are involved, you should know that this is poisonous. Crystals can also be made by heating baking soda.

You will also need either a glass jar, jug or vase, as long as it has a large enough opening at the top. Any kind of mason jar or jug should be enough to suffice.

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Instructions

Step 1

The first step in growing your own crystals is to create a saturated solution. You do this heating some water until it reaches near boiling point. Once the water reaches near boiling point, you then place whichever substance you choose to use into the water and continue to stir it until the substance stops dissolving.

Once you have your saturated solution with the substance dissolved in the water as much as possible, you then pour the solution into your glass jar or jug and leave it to stand for several days. You should leave the jar or jug uncovered and should not move or disturb it during these few days; just let it stand.

Step 2

Over the next few days, as the water cools down and begins to evaporate you will notice crystals beginning to form at the bottom of the jar. You should leave these to continue to form until they have stopped growing entirely. Once they have stopped growing, you then choose the largest crystal formation from the jar and keep this crystal.

Step 3

The final step is to now make a fresh saturated solution of your substance, just as you did in step 1 and allow it to cool down (this is essential, if the solution isn't cool enough it will dissolve your large crystal). You then take the large crystal from step 2, tie a thread around it and suspend it in the new jar of solution, ensuring that the crystal is not in contact with the jar or jug in any way.

The large crystal will now gradually continue to grow to a larger size for quite a while. Obviously, some patience is required, as this can take some time.

Once the crystal eventually stops growing you then have two options; you can either choose to remove the crystal from the solution and dry it out carefullly by placing it on a paper towel, or you can create a new saturated solution and continue to grow the crystal even larger. You'll be amazed by how large you can grow a crystal by repeating this process.

Finished Product

Having a home grown crystal can be quite a personal and valuable thing, especially for children who may want to keep it.

The crystal needs to be dried very lightly and very carefully. Make sure to keep the crystal away from water and make sure that no-one ever tries to wash it or the crystal will immediately dissolve.

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    • clivewilliams profile image

      Clive Williams 

      5 months ago from Jamaica

      Thats quite nice. But how d you make gold?

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      Tamara Moore 

      16 months ago

      This is Tamara...I was having some difficulties with my Facebook Account, so I deactivated it. I need to try and set it back up, again, as soon as I get the chance. (Just in case you were wondering why I disappeared)!

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      Natalie Frank 

      17 months ago from Chicago, IL

      This is great! I had no idea you could do this! I plan to try it soon. Thanks for the tip.

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      Tamara Yancosky 

      17 months ago

      Maybe I will buy a kit!

    • sparkster profile imageAUTHOR

      Sparkster Publishing 

      17 months ago from United Kingdom

      Lol. Indeed, you can also buy crystal growing kits which are probably a little better than using common household substances. Many different types of those available too.

    • MizBejabbers profile image

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      17 months ago

      Or you can let a jar of honey sit on the shelf until it forms crystals in the bottom, like happens around our house. LOL

      Seriously, this sounds like a fun project for the kids. My younger siblings had some crystal growing kits, and my kids may have had them also. I don't know whatever happened to the crystals.

      Great instructions here for the youngsters.

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