To select a crystal, first put yourself in a calm space. Hold the crystal in your right hand with the point towards you. Feel it physically. Be open to sensations like tingling, or change in temperature. Also feel the crystal emotionally. Think of the purpose you want it for, and see if you feel attracted to it. Be more concerned with how it feels than how it looks.
Allow the crystal to pick you by interacting with it in this way. And remember to go with your initial feeling.
When children learn about geology and crystal formation, you can make the lessons more exciting by providing the kids with a hands-on project that will demonstrate how crystals form in nature. You can make homegrown crystals using a few basic ingredients that can be purchased in any grocery store. By adding a few drops of food coloring into the crystal forming solution, you can even make the crystal grow in beautiful colors.
Things You’ll Need
2 cups sugar
1 cup salt
3 cups water
Glass mason jar
Combine 2 cups of granulated sugar and 1 cup of salt in a pot.
Pour 3 cups of water into the pot.
Heat the solution until it boils, then remove it from the heat.
Add in five drops of food coloring, your choice of color.
Pour the solution into a glass mason jar.
Insert a bamboo skewer into the glass jar and leave it there for two days. The colorful crystals will form on the skewer.
“Crystals are solids that form by a regular repeated pattern of molecules connecting together,” according to the website, Kiwi Web. Creating crystals, J. Bohm writes in his paper, “The History of Crystal Growth,” dates back to prehistoric time when man crystallized salt from the sea. Among the earliest written accounts, early Roman historian Phinius mentions the crystallization of salt. Creating crystals can be simple and fun. Glowing crystals will grow when you follow these steps.
Things You’ll Need
Glass jar with lid
Hot distilled water
Thin cotton gloves
2 fluorescent markers
Put on your gloves. Cut two fluorescent markers in half. Remove the felt inserts and place them in a bowl with 3 1/3 ounces of water. Let them soak for 15 minutes. Squeeze any remaining ink from the felt into the water.
Pour the mixture into a glass jar. Add two grams of alum to the fluorescent water. Stir it until the alum dissolves.
Pour a small amount of the saturated solution into a Petri dish. Put the lid on the jar. Allow the jar to sit in a warm place overnight. The solution will form crystals. Choose the largest crystal to be your “seed.” Tie the seed crystal to a thin piece of cotton thread.
Pour the rest of the solution into a clean jar. Tie the other end of the string to a pencil. Without touching the sides or bottom of the new jar, lower the string with your seed crystal into the solution. Rest the pencil on top of the jar. Set the jar aside for several days. As the solution evaporates, you will see more crystals forming. The seed crystal will grow larger.
Grow a giant alum crystal. Leave the crystal in the solution for an extended period of time. Replenish the alum solution as it evaporates.
Check your crystals. Set them under a black light. A successful experiment produces glowing crystals.