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How to Grow Crystals

Updated on November 13, 2011

It's Easy and Fun to Grow Crystals

Anyone can grow their own crystals. It's fun, easy, and educational. You don't need to buy a kit or any unusual chemicals to grow great crystals. The only materials you need are ones you probably already have at home. Let's get started!

[Photo: Copper sulfate crystals are bright blue crystals that are easy to grow. (Stephanb, wikipedia.org)]

What Is a Crystal?

A crystal is a substance that has a highly ordered internal structure. Crystals can be composed of atoms, molecules, or ions.

Examples of common crystals include sugar and salt. Most gemstones are crystals, such as diamonds, emeralds, and rubies. Some materials that are called 'crystal' but really aren't include all types of glass and faceted plastic. Crystals can be shaped or cut, but their internal repeating structure often gives them a characteristic shape without any treatment.

[Photo: Quartz crystals (William Roesly, www.morguefile.com)]

Basics of Growing Crystals

What You Need to Know about Growing Crystals

Crystals that you can grow at home are grown from solutions in water. To grow a crystal, you dissolve a chemical in water, then either evaporate the water or cool the solution so that the substance starts to crystallize. Usually you hang a string or a seed crystal in the growing solution to provide a surface for the crystals to form. You want water to be able to evaporate from the solution, so you can't seal the container. However, you can place a coffee filter or paper towel over your solution to keep it clean. Crystals grow best if they are undisturbed. You can watch them grow, but don't pick up the container or shake it.

Easy Crystals You Can Grow Yourself

Safe, Non-Toxic Crystals to Get You Started

There are many types of crystals that you can grow, including some that come from foods. Even young children can grow these crystals. The crystal solutions start out very hot, however, so adult supervision is important.

Alum Crystals

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of hot tap water into a clean jar. Boiling water is even better, but you don't absolutely need it, so if you're doing this project with younger investigators, feel free to use tap water.

  2. Stir in alum (located on the spice aisle of the grocery store as a pickling ingredient) until no more will dissolve ( this can be up to 2-1/2 T).

  3. Let the jar rest undisturbed overnight or for several hours.

  4. Pour the liquid from this jar into a clean jar. Try not to get any undissolved solid material in the new jar.

  5. There will be crystals on the bottom of the original jar. Select the best of these and tie a nylon fishing line around it.

  6. Hang the crystal in the second jar so that it is covered by the liquid, but not touching the bottom or sides of the container.

  7. Allow the crystal to grow until it stops growing or until you are pleased with it.

  8. Remove the finished crystal and allow it to dry.

Salt Crystals

  1. Add salt to boiling hot water until no more will dissolve. The temperature is important, since much more salt will dissolve with even a couple degrees hotter water.

  2. For fast crystal, soak a piece of cloth or cardboard in the salt solution, then set it in a sunny, dry spot to dry. Numerous tiny salt crystals will form on the surface of the cardboard.

  3. For larger crystals, you need a seed crystal. Get a seed crystal by pouring a small amount of this solution onto a saucer. Let the liquid evaporate. Carefully scrape the best crystal from the saucer and attach it to a nylon line.

  4. Tie the other end of the line to a pencil or butter knife and hang the crystal in the growing solution.

  5. The best salt crystals take several days to weeks to grow. Allow the solution to sit undisturbed in a cool, dry location. Remove the crystal when you are pleased with it or when it stops growing.

Sugar Crystals or Rock Candy

  1. Stir 3 cups of sugar into 1 cup of boiling water. Keep stirring until as much sugar has dissolved as possible. You can add food coloring to the solution if you like.

  2. Pour the solution into the container you have selected for growing the crystal. Avoid getting any undissolved sugar in this container, since the sugar will provide a growing surface for the crystals, causing them to grow on your container.

  3. Suspend a wooden skewer or rough string into the solution.

  4. Allow the solution to sit undisturbed.

[Photo: Sugar crystals or rock candy can be colored with food coloring and can be eaten. (Douglas Whitaker, wikipedia.org)]

Rock candy is good enough to eat! (Andreas Praefcke)

Rock candy is good enough to eat! (Andreas Praefcke)
Rock candy is good enough to eat! (Andreas Praefcke)

Grow a Borax Crystal Snowflake

All you need to do is mix equal parts table salt, vinegar, hot water, laundry bluing if you have it (if you don't, it's ok), pour it onto a plate, then set an empty toilet paper roll on the plate. If you like, you can dot the paper towel with food coloring. The cut edges at the top increase the surface area to make it look sort of like a tree. Depending on your humidity, you should see crystals in about a day.

More Crystal Recipes You Can Try

If you have mastered the basics of growing crystals, why not try these crystal projects?

Solutions to Common Crystal Growing Problems

When Crystals Won't Grow

There are three main problems you may encounter with your crystals.

Impurities

If you have an impurity (e.g., dishes weren't quite clean, chemicals weren't pure, or possibly you made a mistake with a chemical), your crystals may not grow or else they might not look like you had expected. There isn't much you can do to fix this problem except to start over, but before you do, eliminate the other main causes of problems.

Solution Not Saturated

Usually crystals don't grow because there wasn't enough crystal material dissolved in the water. You can concentrate an existing solution by increasing the rate of evaporation of the solution. The best way to achieve this is by improving the air circulation around the crystal solution. Placing the solution near a fan would work, for example. Lowering the temperature of the solution may help, too. This doesn't speed evaporation, but sometimes crystals will fall out of solution as it becomes cooler. Try refrigerating your crystals.

Undissolved Material

Another common problem you may encounter is crystals growing on the bottom of the container and not on your string. This occurs when the solution contained undissolved material. One way to lessen the chance of this happening is to filter your solution through a coffee filter or paper towel.

Citric Acid Crystals (Jan Homann)

Citric Acid Crystals (Jan Homann)
Citric Acid Crystals (Jan Homann)

Crystallization of Copper Sulfate

Your Opinion, Please

This lens includes recipes for growing alum, sugar, and salt crystals, plus a video tutorial for growing salt and vinegar crystals overnight. What other types of crystals do you most want to grow?

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Easy Salt Crystal Garden

Mix ammonia, salt and laundry bluing to make this crystal chemical garden.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I just want a crystal i can grow at home like with salt or something in at least a day that actually works because i have tried these a couple of times before and waited 2 weeks and only a crystal 5 milli meters grew on the side!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i really want to know how to make crystals but i can't really understand some stuff can you help me

      cause im only 10 years old

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      salt

      warm water

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I need to create crystals for science and these were easy, quick ways to start...

      Thumbs up from me.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      how can i grow crystals with water

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      with the alum crystals can u add food colouring to the mix to make it colourful?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      wooooow

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      love it!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      wow imve never grown a crystal but im ready to get started!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my pics will be on google bitches!!!!!!!!

      ass 101

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hi i like rock candy

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i want 2 make my crystals pink!!! that'll catch peples eyes

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      crystals are great i have 50.i research it my friend claudia-sarhi she has a bunch but i love cryatals.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hey! Great experiment! I tried this at school. I tried this with the Alum. My partner and I made our one a bit odd. One of my friends' Crystals grew bigger than her thumb which was massive to us. Anyway I think this is a great experiment!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      this is awesome!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      this website is awesome i'm doing a science fair project on this and it was really helpful.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Cool

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hey where do u get copper sulfate from in atlanta

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      crystals are a very interesting pet. :):):):) Hi my name is potato pancake! ANyway crystals cry sometimes. I think. Cry-stalls. Maybe they cry in the bathroom stalls get it!!! HA HA HA HA.

      :D

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Crytals are awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      colored crystals are nice to study

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      cool its great

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      love how you can grow crystals

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      kewlio crystals rock yayayayayay kewlio i know i rock

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY FINALLY A WAY TO MAKE EASY CRYSTALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOO

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      crystals are my favorite that's y i picked it they are pretty and cool!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      haha cool crystels

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      this is an awesome thang but will this really work?

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      Azareal 8 years ago

      Will what really work?

      [in reply to jisdfis]

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i think it is a little wried.......

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      RickBasset 8 years ago

      Fascinating lens! I vaguely remember this from school but you have done a great job explaining it again! Thanks for dharing!

      Peace! :~)

      Rick

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      what stores sell alum powder??????? please reply

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      Azareal 8 years ago

      Alum is sold with spices in most grocery stores. It used to be used to make pickles.

      [in reply to peace lol]

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I like the purple and helen likes the darker blue

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      most people don't understand how much fun crystal growing is! so try to encourage people to grow them!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have been meaning to do this with my grandson. Thanks for the reminder and the great instructions and information. Wonderful lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i need to research this for a science poject!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!im gonna hit MAX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      the original magic rocks are the best just like me LOL

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      Housewolf 8 years ago

      very cool lens! I've always been fasinated and I never knew it was so easy to do! This is a great page for the kids!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Why do people make crystals?

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      Azareal 8 years ago

      [in reply to Dizzboy66]

      There are a few reasons for growing crystals. Some people grow them simply because they are beautiful. There are more practical reasons to grow crystals, too. A crystal can be analyzed to learn about the way atoms and molecules stack. Crystals are grown to make materials with special properties. A good example is growing a silicon crystal for use as a chip.

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      TinkerM LM 8 years ago

      My friend put a crystal in her hand and it cracked in half. The lady was like really stunned and said she must have some real energy going on. She was in a lot of stress with an ad son. Have you ever heard of this before? Great lens thanks...

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      Azareal 8 years ago

      [in reply to TinkerM]

      I don't know of anyone who has cracked a crystal by holding it, but I can think of reasons why it could happen. Crystals often contain internal fractures or instabilities. Any stress/energy can crack a stressed crystal, such as the heat from your hand, maybe vibration from shaking hands, pressure if she held the crystal too tightly, or who knows... maybe her electomagnetic signature. I know someone who loses wi-fi from her laptop and blows incandescent lights when stressed, so I imagine stress produces detectable energy.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I LOVE THESE CRYSTALS. This page needs more recipes for other crystals though. But I adore crystals.This is an awesome way to grow your own. My father bought an exspensive growing kit for me and they came out beautiful, but this is much easier.

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      Azareal 8 years ago

      [in reply to DJ]

      Thanks :-) I'll add more crystal recipes!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      These crystals are awesome. me and my frieng love crystals and edible ones. this website is sooooo easy and fun.

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      Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

      These crystals are really neat.

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      Smartshops 8 years ago

      Great lens with lots of information! 5*s from your friends at Smartshops!

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      BusyQueen 8 years ago

      Nice lens. 5* from me! Thanks. Really informative. Nicely detailed.

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      bikki lm 8 years ago

      I remember doing this for a science project in school. It would be fun to do it again.

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      TaiSlimGuy 8 years ago

      My daughter loves growing crystals in the basement, but she has always used purchased kits. This lens is great for her hobby. I am not sure about the rock candy - she may overindulge. Thanks for the info.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i didn't know you could grow crystals. I used to love the rock crystals you get on the stick, so colorful.

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      What a fun idea! I didn't realize it was as simple as it is (especially the rock candy - yum!) 5* for a lens full of great information (and thanks for sharing it ! :o)

      Http://www.Squidoo.com/ConnieCrankpot

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      karmasherbs 8 years ago

      I remember reading about this somewhere many years ago. Maybe in school. Thanks for bringing back fun memories. Great stuff...5*s

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      a great grampa thanks you, too...for the memories...and a fresh opportunity to share something educational with their enquiring minds...please add on!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Its so fun!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      its easy and fun. i love it!! everyone should try it. i made therock candy. tey turned out deliciouse!!!! : )~

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I'm doing this for my science fair! Thanks for the info! it will be so fun!! I'm starting today!

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      Azareal 8 years ago

      [in reply to Ana]

      good luck with your project!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      we think crystals are cool we are doing a it as a sincin progat

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Great lens topic!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      im is a word wide science fair and im doing crystals. rock on

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      im doing crystals for my science fair project. crystals rocks!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      the crystals are cool but wont grow quite right

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i need help.[in reply to alex]

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hey. im using crystals for a science fair project. ill win them over with the ones you can eat(:

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      how long does it take to grow alum crystals

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i have a science fair thing and i need hilp making crystals

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      Azareal 8 years ago

      You'll get nice crystals overnight. You can grow large crystals over a few days if you want them to be bigger.

      [in reply to susy wrote]

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I'm hoping to grow large sheets of crystal (12"w x 12"h x .5" to 1"t), doesn't matter if it's technically not a single crystal, but hoping it can be carved. (like salt, sugar, gypsum, alum,etc. Is this even possible? most experiements seem to involve hanging from a string. Are there solutions to make large singular cubic crystals?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      How do you make colored crystals

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hey i made crystals that grow up on a toilet paper roll! they are awesome! all you need to do is mix equal parts of tablesalt,hot water,and vinegar in a plate. then stand the toilet paper roll upright in the solution on the plate.leave it undisturbed. depending on humidity you should see crystals in 1-3 days. wait till they get big and fluffy not just little crystals. have fun! :)

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      Azareal 8 years ago

      Some crystals, like copper sulfate, are naturally colored. Some crystals, like sugar, you can color simply by adding food coloring to the growing solution.

      [in reply to pizza]

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hey i've been trying to grow a crystal ,or even a seed crystal, for weeks and im not getting anywhere and everyone i know can't tell me wat im doing wrong. if anyone wud like to help i wud greatly appreciate it..

      :email: chaotykxninja@aol.com

      im trying to grow them with my wife and daughter and its beginning to make me feel stupid because i've read and followed all the procedures as carefully as i can and still not a single result from even the fastest growing crystals.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      does this really work

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      dmf32835 8 years ago

      This is a really cool lens you have here.

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      teamlane 8 years ago

      Nice how-to lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel today!

      www.squidoo.com/squid-angel

      ~ Colleen :o)

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      Azareal 8 years ago

      Yay! Thank you :-)

      [in reply to SemperFidelis]

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      Four_Eyes 8 years ago

      Wonderful how to lens. Thanks, this is a lot of fun. Pretty and informative! - Susie

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i love the crystals u could eat.i did it and they were so good.i wounder how the person created them

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      kohuether lm 8 years ago

      I LOVE doing this - especially making rock candy. It's so fascinating! Great lens. :)

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      roamingrosie 8 years ago

      This is a really neat lens! Great project idea.

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      guitar for dumm 8 years ago

      Can't I grow a real diamond then lol

      Great lens, my kid will enjoy this.

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      ronpass lm 8 years ago

      I used to love making crystals in secondary school. I remember saving up to buy the chemicals on the way home from school. Great lens and congrats on Giant Squid.

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      StephanieB-Writer 7 years ago

      Great Job. My 11 yr old sister and I will have to do this one day.

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      Paul Hassing 7 years ago

      So much stuff I never knew! Thank you for the learning. P. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What is the point of the vinegar in salt and vinegar crystals?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i tried most of these expieroments and then compared the crystels there amazing

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i am SO gonna use this today! its raining outside and i have notin to do

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      im trying to grow the sugar crystals!! hope it works :) ♥ ♥

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      thnk u for helping me grow crystals i have 20 thank u thank u fery much am ony yong but now i know how 2 grow crystals :) :) :) :) :) :) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      this may just get me a a in sciene

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i hope they work. i look on other websited and they r too hard

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      sup people!! i have a question for you all!!! WHY DO YOU LIKE ROCK CANDY??

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      [in reply to kearra]

      Which is easier, did your crystal start yet?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i wonder if u can sell these

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      spunkyduckling 7 years ago

      Interesting topic. Never looked at hard candy as crystals. Yummy

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      my blurb is that crystals are wonderful types of minerals that can made in many dfferent ways such as the salt crystal, sugar crystal, and my favorite the crystal lamp. That is how all of you kids out there should take wonderful liking to science and other things like mathmetis.

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      This is great! That rock candy looks like fun to make. Blessed!

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      Carol Fisher 7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      It's lovely to see you here on Squidoo, Anne, still writing your great articles about science in a way we can all understand. I might try growing crystals with my young nephew. Blessed by an Angel.

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      labchef lm 7 years ago

      I enjoy reading your lens. I am growing my own crystal. One of the easiest experiments kids can do at home. I took some crystals photos under the microscope. I would like to share with you.

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      Tylanash 7 years ago

      My salt is not saturating. How long is this supposed to take? The book I have says that I should measure salt: water at 1:1 and keep in in warm water on the stove. I have been stirring the mixture and it is thirty minutes. The crystals are still sitting in the bottom of the jar. Does it take longer than this? Or do I seem to be doing it wrong?

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      J_Edwards 7 years ago

      These crystals are beautiful. I'm sure my nieces would love these.

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      Heidi Reina 7 years ago from USA

      My daughter has tried growing crystals several times, but she always ends up with crystals in the bottom of the jar. Now she'll giving filtering a try. Great lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @Tylanash: 1:1 is a very high ratio. Try doing 2:1 or 3:1, (water:salt) and bringing the water to a boil before adding the salt. Hot water holds more salt, and as it cools, it will form crystals. I'm no expert, but it might help.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      thanks for the information.. i am having my investigatory project and my teacher assigned me to have this kind of experiment. thanks a lot for the further information that i found here...

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      developdecision 7 years ago

      Good information supplied to the lens. Nice describe to growing crystals. Really helpful content.

      Thanks for sharing useful topic.

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      jose0426 7 years ago

      thank you i gave the crystel to my teacher and she liked it but i wonder how much salt i need for my class expermiment

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i like this web thnx its very helpful

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very cool! My daughter was asking if we could grow some crystals and I had no idea how. Thanks to you, we're going to grow some crystals! This is a fabulous resource. :)

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      What a great lens and especially helpful for we homeschoolers :-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fantastic project !! Question: Is it possible to grow the crystals with some other medium (other than water) ?? It would be a shame if they got wet and just dissolved or if their water evaporates and they break down. If not, does an acrylic coat help preserve them ??

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thanks so much for putting this up. my friend and i are doing a science fair project on crystals.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      this is going to help me on my science project so much!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      this is such an awesome site and im so gonna get an A+on my science fair projet !

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      WriterBuzz 6 years ago

      This is a great lens. Thanks for making it. Very informative. I gave you a thumbs up

      cause I like your lens.

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      this was a fun lens, i will do it with my kids

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      AWildDog 6 years ago

      I'm so growing so sugar crystal treats now!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens! I'm going to try growing salt crystals!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have got to try this.

      Thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      oh wow i never knew that crystals could be so darn cool!!!!

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Very interesting!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great activity for educating kids.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks my brother wanted to learn how to make rock candy and now I can show him how with this.

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      TheMonsterToySh1 6 years ago

      Will have to try this with my son!

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      C A Chancellor 6 years ago from US/TN

      Cool!!!

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      Sweet...I'm going to try it ou!

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      Bluesssman 6 years ago

      Stuck in the house because of the weather. I think I will try your crystal growing idea!

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great fun, thanks for the info. Blessed by a squid angel.

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      turner-bob 6 years ago

      looks like a fun experiment! Nice lens!

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      jgelien 6 years ago

      This looks like a really fun experiment to do especially with children. What a neat lens.

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      Very cool. I'm thinking about trying the sugar/rock candy one.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice Lens.

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      joanv334 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!

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      blueangel85 6 years ago

      very cool lens !

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      best-intentions 6 years ago

      Growing crystals was one of my favorite experiments to do as a child. Starting some rock candy crystals going with my kids seems like a nice thing to do on a lazy Sunday. Thanks for all the ideas!

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      Vcize 6 years ago

      This is an awesome experiment to do with the kids.

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      dwnovacek 6 years ago

      Great lens. Really makes me want to go out and grow some crystals just for the heck of it! Angel Blessings from the current Science neighborhood Squid Angel!

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      bojasna 6 years ago

      Loved your lens, I want to do some experimenting too, I'll write again when I make some progress and share the results :)

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      There is something magic about growing crystals

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      Genesis Davies 6 years ago from Guatemala

      I love your lens. Thanks for making it! I really want to try the sugar crystals with my kids.

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      Harshitha LM 6 years ago

      I have done this and it sure is fun. I had a tiny salt crystal. I would like to try the sugar crystal now!

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      nimmo lm 6 years ago

      nice article, will try that with my 7 yr old daughter soon :)

      Keep up the good work :)

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      Francis Luxford 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I never knew you could grow crystals like that. Great lens!

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      squidoofreak 6 years ago

      thank you.. very nice lenses..

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      scar4 6 years ago

      Sounds interesting, thanks for sharing!

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      Eleni Bat 6 years ago from Greece

      Sugar crystals!yay!

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      Carol 6 years ago from Arkansas

      I love growing crystals - especially the fast growing kind. They are so easy and look so pretty.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      wow thanks for this, i had fun reading it! how long does it really take to grow these? id like to track it with a time tracking app from tsheets, thanks again and great post!

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      franksms 6 years ago

      Excellent article, I grew copper sulphate crystals with my children in late elementary school. The crystal growing process teaches our kids basic science, and provides a nice parent / child learning experience. I recommend it for any inquisitive child.

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      promotional-coupons-codes 6 years ago

      nice lens. I'm gonna try that salt crystal today only.

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      I'm going to gice salt crystal a go

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      CutMan LM 6 years ago

      Interesting Lens! Worth a try.

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      Angelina 6 years ago from California

      very interesting for both kids and adults

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      vohraaish 6 years ago

      I didn't know we could grow crystals at home! Thanks. this lens is very interesting and innovative:)

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      MacroPhotoFun 6 years ago

      Great lens. I am going to try the sugar crystals.

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      Platini0 6 years ago

      I remember growing copper sulphate crystals at school from a "super-saturated solution". Now there's a phrase I haven't used for a long time!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a cool lens. Never thought it could be that easy. Thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow..!!!! a jam packed lens.!!1 thumbs up .. .Keep it up

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      Kathryn002 6 years ago

      I thought growing crystals was a lot harder than this. I might give it a go! Great lens.

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      Gripandflip 6 years ago

      My daughter will love the information in this lens. Thanks for knowledge.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Are copper sulphate crystals toxic?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i don't think so

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      I love this lens! My daughter has grown crystals but I have not... YET!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great article.

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      TheRatRaceRebel1 6 years ago

      My daughter and I have always wanted to know how to grow crystals. Because we homeschool this grow easy crystals lens is a godsend. Thank you for putting it together. It sure has earned it's place in squidoo's top 100!

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      Milamber52 LM 6 years ago

      I remember growing salt crystals when I was younger.

      I think I learned it from a friend.

      Great lens you have here

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      Ayngel Overson 6 years ago from Crestone, Co

      I still remember growing rock candy with my mom as a kid. Looking forward to passing it on to another generation. Thanks and Happy April Experts day!

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      libysquid lm 6 years ago

      awesome lens....I'm definitely going to try this...:)

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      Linda Hahn 6 years ago from California

      I love crystals and will try this! Great lens and fun.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love SQUIDOO it's awesome and thank u so much 4 setting this up. It's very helpful because im have 2 do a science fair project. Thanks so much.

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      allthingsgreat11 6 years ago

      Nice lens! Will definitely give the borax crystal snowflake one a try!

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      Bella Stella 6 years ago

      Amazing!!! I will try it asap!

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      Bella Stella 6 years ago

      I tried to make one and it worked!!! Another funny activity for children!!!

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      iijuan12 6 years ago from Florida

      This is great! My children had so much fun making crystals!

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      JackalyeYe 6 years ago

      It is very fun we try yesterday. thanks

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      thank you for sharing this highly educational lens! cheers

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      Andromedan 6 years ago

      Very interesting and informative lens, thanks.

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      rajkumarrr lm 6 years ago

      I tried when I was school going!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      wonderful

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      valsquidoo 6 years ago

      Fun!

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      sushilkin lm 6 years ago

      Thanks to be on Squidoo for sharing your knowledge. Please PRAY FOR JAPAN

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      RetroMom 6 years ago

      Nice one. It looks fun.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      This lens brought back lots of memories. We used to love growing sugar crystals when we were kids. Thanks!

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      heehaw lm 6 years ago

      thanks for the info , i di not know we can even grow crystals.

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      victorianpassage 6 years ago

      My boys would love trying these out. Thanks for the very informative and interesting lens!

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      simplycyber 6 years ago

      I thought it's like some fiction movie before. But, now I know it's real. Thanks for your share.

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      Jeannieinabottl1 6 years ago

      The crystals are so pretty in this lens. It makes me want to go out and create some right now.

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      Charmgal 6 years ago

      Favorited! So I can try these activities with my son!

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      dannygator7790 6 years ago

      This is a really interesting lens, I didn't know there were so many ways to easily make crystal!

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      anansigirls lm 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for this lens. Crystal growing has been quite a bit on the television here in the UK, but I always keep forgetting the process the moment the show is over. Now we can do it at home as a schooling project. I will have a problem though when it comes to explaining atoms, ions and so on because I disastrously failed in chemistry at school. How about a lens on atoms? Thank you again!

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      poppy mercer 6 years ago from London

      Used to do this a lot as a kid with my Dad and a well stocked chemistry set. Ah the days before Elf n Safety

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Impressive!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      would it be leagle 2 sell em? but cool stuff my parents will nag to use a kit but i might do it in SECRET!! XD

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would like to try it. But I do not know, what is the household ammonia? Is it amonium in some cleaning gels? Thanks for your answer...

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      TopTenLists 5 years ago

      excellent lens. Must give this a go.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: No, just go buy some ammonia! Its clear in a bottle like vinegar!

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      Teddi14 LM 5 years ago

      I co-taught with another teacher this year and we did this with our students. They loved it!

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      cr00059n 5 years ago

      Elegant looking pictures and an mind absorbing article.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      Helpful resource for my daughter's science project.

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      You have put together an amazing lens using some chemistry basics! I would love to try making my own rock candy. Just a little suggestion: perhaps you could include a brief explanation of the chemistry involved? :)

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      Performancecars 5 years ago

      This looks really interesting very good lens liking this.

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      dogface lm 5 years ago

      They look very nice. Thanks for sharing this.

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      justin42 5 years ago

      Thanks for all of the great info. I think that I am going to try this at home. I guess this is one of those experiments that don't come with the "Do Not Try This At Home" label.

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      Beadsnresin 5 years ago

      This is great, I went searching for 'coffee', and found this in the results and became curious. Now I want to go make crystals lol, awesome. Thanks heaps for this lens!

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Now I know what I'm doing tomorrow! Thanks for an amazing lens! Blessings to you today.

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      belle88 5 years ago

      interesting lens. i have newer heard you can do it yourself.

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      Rhidawn 5 years ago

      I have tried the sugar crystals experiment when I was a kid but could never get it to work. Maybe I should give it another shot! Great lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      haven't eaten any of these for years, good to read your lens about them tonight, earned a 'thumbs up' from this reader.

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      writerjames 5 years ago

      Crystals -- whether found in the minerals in earth's rocks or grown from common chemicals -- are a striking example of the beauty and order manifest in the natural world. I am in my mid-fifties, but crystal growing is an activity I have loved since I was a teenager. As a father and an educator, I have ample opportunity to convey my own love of science, including the study of chemistry and crystals. So, I am glad to view this site on such a fascinating subject.

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      modernchakra 5 years ago

      A great and educational way to understand crystals and their formations... plus delicious if you use the sugar ones :) Great lens. Thank you!

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      SilmarwenLinwelin 5 years ago

      I didn't know you can grow crystals, great lens!

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      jaywigz311 5 years ago

      Very cool lens! My girlfriend is WAY into crystals, and I'm definitely going to share this page with her!

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      davies86 5 years ago

      Great / fun thing to do with the kids. I haven't done this since I was in school

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      I knew about the kits but not how to do with household items, very interesting, very cool page,blessed..:)rob

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens. Very informative. Thanks for sharing. Squid-liked!

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      MoonMaa 5 years ago

      I just learned something new. Thanks for the information about growing crystals! Excellent lens!

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      MoonMaa 5 years ago

      I just learned something new. Thanks for the information about growing crystals! Excellent lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I always just figured you would have to have some kind of crystal growing kit to do this at home. Thanks for the lens, I know what I'm going to be doing next week when my niece visits.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting. I have created crystals before but this lens was awesome

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      NIce information............

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      dwnovacek 5 years ago

      Great lens - I really learned a lot! Angel Blessed!

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      flightofdestiny2 5 years ago

      Awesome lens!! Great for kids

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      manicnymph 5 years ago

      Awesome! I had no idea... I'm picturing decorating a Christmas tree with borax snowflakes.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Very informative lens. Will give it a try.

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      Trender1 5 years ago

      Fascinating stuff I look having fun with the info here =D

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      DeannaDiaz 5 years ago

      Perfect home school project for my kids!

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      h2ofs1 5 years ago

      interesting subject and very informative! Having just watched Breaking Bad it also made me laugh!

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      three rexer 5 years ago

      woooo interesting

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      rangiiria 5 years ago

      I did a crystal gowing project in school. I would give is another go. Thanks for this lens :)

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      aivsiur 5 years ago

      Very interesing information. I enjoyed reading very much :)

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      I always loved those crystal growing kits when I was a kid. And I remember growing some kind of crystals using Borax and Bluing??? This looks like a lens my grandkids would like. Thanks for the memories!

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      jeanneprom 5 years ago

      What a fun lens. I just gave my young neighbor, 12, a kit to do just this. I make jewelry with crystals of sorts, stones , etc, so have always been attracted to crystals. Will have to try out some of your recipes. Good Lens, thanks!

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      CarSmarty 5 years ago

      Great lens. This is the type of info that entices an individual to open the doors of science and discovery !

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      Alexandra Douglas 5 years ago from Florida

      Awesome lens! I remember growing crystals! Always fun!

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      bluewren56 lm 5 years ago

      Another great lens. A fantastic science project to do with our kids.

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      This is just a great lens. My ten year old will enjoy doing this.

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      PhilRC 5 years ago

      What a great idea, as well as a beginning step to chemistry.

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      Buchamar 5 years ago

      I'm gonna try this with my grandson, he would get a "total" kick out of this!

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      INCREDIBLE lens

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      clemency lm 5 years ago

      Fab lens - my 11 year old has wanted to do this for ages - thanks for the simple instructions.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great photos

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      jtbmetaldesigns 5 years ago

      I like how you made it "crystal" clear

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Return Visitor. VERY Useful Lens.

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      This is brilliant! I too will be sharing this with my child/teenager/other descriptions apply . . . anyway she will love this, just as I did. Thank you so much for this lens.

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      CaseyHutson 5 years ago

      What a neat hobby to try. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      I grew crystals with my earth science students, and they loved it. Great fun!

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      Valuable topic. "Crystals' were important in the "Double Helix Discover Dark Horse Race" by Watson and Crick. Glad to have a scientist as fellow lensemaster. Congrads on reaching level 55. Goiing for level 56 myself. Will visit with you again soon. Thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      cool!!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      cool!making crystals is fun

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      leeleon 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Welcome to see my lens.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      Rock sugar crystals sound delicious, I get it at local fairs sometimes.

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      mommafox 5 years ago

      Thanks for the page. I'll try some of these soon. We bought the kids a Crystal Growing Kit for Christmas and have it planned as an activity over Break this month. I bet they'll like the sugar crystal on best since they can eat it! LOL

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      Coopstar 5 years ago

      I did this in a high school science class before, it's pretty exciting!

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      theCNAtraining 5 years ago

      Wow I didn't know i could grow my own crystals! i hear and read a lot about people beleiving in the power of crystals, great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting.

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Fabulous lens. I love doing experiments like this with my kids.

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      Very interesting topic and well covered. I've always wondered how to grow a crystal. Thanks for sharing. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      brando87 5 years ago

      I remember making sugar crystals when I was a kid. I believe we learned in it science class.

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      klanklareaux 5 years ago

      not a crystal buff, but if i can just grow diamonds in my kitchen, that'd be nice ;-)

      great lense. i learned so much.

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      nickirc lm 5 years ago

      Fun projects, i had no idea there were so many different crystals that could be made at home.

      Thanks

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Great lens ! Many many thanks!

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      AlexiaLynn 5 years ago

      I used to love doing this in school for projects! Thanks for the brain refresh! Bookmarking so I can do this with my children.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      can u make the instructions clearer for kids to follow? i don't understand anything.

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      MindPowerProofs1 5 years ago

      I never thought of it but it looks fun.I will try it.Thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Just curious, How old are you?

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      aksem 5 years ago

      Was growing salt crystals 20 years ago with daughter. Will grow new one with grandson. Thank you for such interesting article.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Amazing!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree. I am a kid and am currently in the making of a sugar crystal, but nothing seems to be happening yet it has been a day.

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      Xanderkadz 5 years ago

      I grew alum crystals in chemistry! Everyone else went for size, but I went for perfection. They wound up with giant fuzzy masses of crystal and I had a perfect little crystal that was pure and rigid in shape. Slow and steady wins the race in crystal growing!

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      Counterfeitmoneydetectors 4 years ago

      wow that's nice. I never knew you can grow crystals.

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      PeacefieldFarm LM 4 years ago

      I love it. We will be making some crystals sometime soon. Thanks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Looking forward to burning some Summer hours and growing crystals with my DD. I was just looking to find a recipe for rock candy, what a great surprise to find loads of other instructions! Better yet, no need to buy a fancy kit! Instant gratification, perfect! Thank you, from a grateful mommy.....

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is a terrific lens about growing crystals Dr.! Thank you for sharing.

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      Joandearc LM 4 years ago

      Very cool!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can you add a touch of high concentrated flavoured syrup to a sugar our salt crystal and will they still form

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      GilliansCloud 4 years ago

      Thank you for the crystal fun :)

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      What a fun and educational lens. Thank you!

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      mywyomingadventure 4 years ago

      I am going to try the rock candy. Very cool lens.

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      Onemargaret LM 4 years ago

      Very cool lens!

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      wedpittsburgh lm 4 years ago

      Can't wait to try this!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I remember as a kid we had some type of crystal growing on a plate in the kitchen but cannot remember how it was done. I have often wondered. We collected lots of beautiful crystals growing in the salt lake.

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      Stacy Birch 4 years ago

      Awesome stuff.

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      Blonde Blythe 4 years ago

      Awesome! Looks like a lot of fun to do, especially for kids!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks, I love your lens.

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      steph-naylor 4 years ago

      Thanks for posting this lens!

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      ruraldweller 4 years ago

      This is an amazing lens. I've been looking for this resource. Thank you.

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      fathomblueEG 4 years ago

      Wow what a cool lens. So interesting and amazing.

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      Ken Parker 4 years ago from Tacoma, Wa

      This was a fun lens to read thank you !!!

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      Declutterday 4 years ago

      Crystal help you with magic!! Nice lens!

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      JaneXmas 4 years ago

      Wow I like this kind of stuff, very great lens, I remember my school days.

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      Cavedweller 4 years ago

      truly an original lens! great job

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      Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

      SquidAngel blessings.

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      TriciaLymeMom 4 years ago

      looks like a fun experiment! ..for the kids too ;)

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      craftycollector 4 years ago

      It's great to see something really useful. I spent 15 years as a teacher, and was alwys looking for things which could actually be done in a real classwork. Thanks

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      BarrettCoffen 4 years ago

      Cool! I'll have to try this for sure :)

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      NeilSliman 4 years ago

      I am so trying this.

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      abhymas 4 years ago

      I'm going to have to try this with my daughter.

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      spids1 4 years ago

      great lens love this!

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      JadaFuego 4 years ago

      I am truly in love with crystals. Great lens. Thanx :)

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      mouse1996 lm 4 years ago

      Very fun. I've always wanted to try this.

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      justmelucy 4 years ago

      I and my 5 children have loved doing this. Now my grandchildren get to. Great Lens.

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      texan203 lm 4 years ago

      Thank you for he recipes, I have often wondered how to grow crystals.

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      sweetstickyrainbo 4 years ago

      the salt garden is not that attractive but some of the colored crystals look pretty

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      socketstore 4 years ago

      I remember doing this as a kid with a chemistry set - great fun!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thanks for the interesting tips to grow crystals i will try it

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @sweetstickyrainbo: This is so great...It really helps me a lot with my school work but mostly with my science class....Thank you a lot.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @JadaFuego: I am really interestd in crystals and i really liked it.Thank you for your help and i really appreciate it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens thank you.

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      lshields lm 4 years ago

      Very nice and interesting lens thanks

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      longbitbeard 4 years ago

      This is so much fun. I remember doing this as a kid. Thanks for the memory jolt:)

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      beaworkathomemom 4 years ago

      i remembered our science project way way back!! and also kisses, which are like small scented thingies :)) great lens!!

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      Bubbajuju 4 years ago

      Added to my list to do with the kiddo's. Thanks, great lens.

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      jvermilion 4 years ago

      Basic but still enjoyed reading it. Can't say many people understand Chemistry to begin with :)

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      pinoyrecipe 4 years ago

      thanks for sharing, I'll try them growing on my own. :-)

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      Jianchen92 4 years ago

      Wow didn't know you can even make crystals thanks.

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      lucky_strike 4 years ago

      I guess you learn something new everyday. And today was that day for me... nice interesting lens...

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      thegrayrabbit 4 years ago

      sweet crystals

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      Very informative lens, thank you.

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      crossroadsblogg 4 years ago

      Interesting and I think I found a new hobby.

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Great info thanks...

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      Boy, this brings back memories. Back when I was a boy, I was going to be a scientist. I had my own lab, and one of the things I did in my lab was grow crystals. The book I was using back then was Crystals and Crystal Growing by Holden and Morrison. I had good luck with copper sulfate and alum crystals. Thanks for making this site, very informative and hopefully it will inspire others to grow crystals. :)

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      Auriel 4 years ago

      interesting lens..

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      My father introduced me to growing crystals nearly 60 years ago. Fascinating! Great lens, thanks.

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      TCB dan 4 years ago

      very nice lens, thanks!

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      CornellMarCom LM 4 years ago

      Fascinating lens. Really very interesting. Good info.

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      chickie99 4 years ago

      really neat lens for those into rocks!

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      Iftikhar-Hussain 4 years ago

      interesting read.. I like it Anne

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      AshleysCorner 4 years ago

      These are so beautiful!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice lens! Very interesting!

      I teach in a primary school and this year, I'd certainly prove this crystals idea on my class (as science project, of course)

      Thanks for the info!

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      Marelisa 4 years ago

      This sounds fantastic. I now want to grow crystals (probably the edible kind). :-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How do I grow a crystal with phosphorus dispersed throughout it's interior, thanks

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      MelloKnitty LM 4 years ago

      We recently made sugar crystals with the kids - and they enjoyed watching them grow more than eating them!

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      Bed-Bug-Bites 4 years ago

      I made crystal with alum.

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      greenmind 4 years ago

      Wow sweet lens. I did this as a kid. Took FOREVER but I guess it taught us patience!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      That is cool

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      seodress 3 years ago

      Super cool !!!

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      socialcx1 3 years ago

      My grandson is just starting to get into this so I will show him your lens for some great ideas. Kind regards.

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