Growing crystals is so satisfying!

I’m taking an advanced crystal course with Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy and this homework assignment for growing crystals pleasantly surprised me.

 

I used to poo-poo man made crystals. But that was before I mimiced Mother Nature and created my own!

supplies for growing crystals

 

I’m going to take you through my very first experience in growing crystals. It is super easy if you follow the rules. Using basic ingredients of Distilled Water and Alum (in the spice aisle for pickling) here is a visual step by step on growing crystals.

 

 

diluting solution for growing crystals

Measuring specific quantities of distilled water and Alum.
Heat to just below boiling. Add more Alum to create a saturated solution.

pour solution for growing crystals

Pour some solution into a saucer to grow seed crystals. Place in a draft free location.

saturated solution for growing crystals

Pour remainder of solution into a clean glass jar to reserve. Cover with lid.

first seed crystal

Within 12 hours one crystal formed.
It was approx. 3 mm and appeared to be growing in a pyramid geometric shape. The crystal grew larger quite rapidly. 
The next day new tiny seed crytals could be seen on the bottom of the dish.
I was amazed at how clear the crystals were.
Walter White would be so proud!
Breaking Bad reference does not infer these are anything but legit crystals! 😉

Growing crystals

About 36 hours in the solution, the seed crystal is ready to tie and suspend in the jar.
It was a bit difficult so I carefully used tweezers to pry the seed crystal off the bottom of the saucer.

growing crystals

I got really excited when I noticed a phantom crystal growing right in the middle of it!
The crystal was so clear it was easy to see it.

growing crystals

Removing the crystal from the original solution, I dried it off. It measured about 17mm
It appears flat on the bottom because that was where it attached to the base of the saucer.

growing crystals

Here is another angle that shows the octahedron growth pattern.
Doesn’t it look like a diamond?!

growing crystals

I used thread to tye around the crystal. I purposely didn’t use fishing line because I wanted to ensure it could be secured around the smooth girth without it slipping off.
Patience, as my teacher mentioned, was critical here. Thankfully I only had to make a couple of attempts.

growing crystals

I poured more solution reserved from the original batch. It was very cloudy.

growing crystals

Dunking the seed crystal into the saturated solution.

growing crystals

Although it doesn’t look very decorative, I opted to use a coffee filter instead of cheesecloth. I knew it would be easier to remove it without rolling the pencil.
It also kept out dust and other airborne particles than the cheesecloth would.

growing crystals

By far my favourite photo #instagramworthy You can see that the solution is quite cloudy.
This is about a day later; note that the bottom has grown to form more of the octahedron shape.

close up of growing crystals

Two days after suspending the seed crystal in the saturated solution.
Note that it isn’t cloudy anymore.
Small crystals grow on the thread ends.

growing crystals

Tiny seed crystals can be seen floating on top and at the bottom of the jar.

growing crystals

Meantwhile, the original seed solution showed other crystals forming.
I did add more saturated solution at the time I removed the main seed crystal a couple of days ago.
It was interesting to see different crystalline shapes; hexagonl, trigonal and octahedral. All in the same solution.

growing crrystals

Close up of the crystal and his entourage before leaving the solution for good.

growing crystals

I wanted to highlight the crystal phantom that has been growing inside.
This was totally amazing to me! I never expected to grow a phantom.
I will note that I was channeling Reiki during the entire process and every time I would observe the crystal.

growing crystals

Looks like I’ve got more seed crystals worthy of growing! The biggest one looks like a hexagonal shape.

Growing crystals

After 2 full days in the solution I do not see any further visible growth.
Time to remove it from the solution.

growing crystals

Interesting to observe that the crystal grew around the thread. Now it is embeded within the crystal.

growing crystals

Even the smaller crystals growing on the thread are clear and beautiful!
Looks like I could’ve shown Jessie a thing or two,
Yo! 😉

growing crystals

A pyramid phantom can be clearly seen within this crystal. Click the photo to link to a larger view of this.

growing crystals

Showing the different growth patterns on the facets. If I had more saturated solution I’ll bet this would have grown even larger!

growing crystals

You can see on this one face the growth pattern.
Just like a clear quartz crystal face that hasn’t been polished.

growing crystals

Interesting how the geometric pattern is so precise.
I’m glad the crystal was so clear to be able to see it.
A+ Mr. White???

growing crystals

AMAZING!
This is a jewelry quality home grown clear crystal.
Using only one ingredient (Alum) in distilled water.
The other two ingredients were: Patience and Reiki!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this lesson and will definitely be growing crystals more often! Maybe I’ll experiment with food colouring to see what interesting affect it has.

 

Now to find a place of honour for my home-grown crystal…

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