Brother John’s

April 15, 2008

Latest Crystal Images

A single sugar crystal.

New Seed Crystal

Planting a Seed Crystal.

Growing

To the right is recent results from my crystal projects. The top row (left) shows a young “seed crystal” plucked from the Mother cluster (below), and you can see new growth (top right) of that same seed crystal.

The bottom images show progressive growth of the mother crystal from her early “buds” to fully formed/developed crystals. I electronically blue filtered the last image to show off all the classic lines, shapes, and definition of classic crystals. In reality the mother crystals are still semi-transparent.

Feel free to “click” and explore!

Early BudsClassic shapesNice development

Manny, Moe & Jack

Crystals in Pale Blue

Turns Blue!

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6 Comments »

  1. Someday you need to tell your readers how you got so interested in growing crystals, Bro. John.
    But Well Done!, in the meantime. Very nice.

    Comment by localmalcontent — May 6, 2008 @ 7:08 am | Reply

  2. Thank you LocalMalcontent, I will seriously consider your suggestion. In the meantime, suffice it to say that I’m very interested in natural phenomena. This world in which we live has so many extraordinary properties that just occur. It fuels my spiritual belief and constantly captivates me. I also have an eye for art, especially pertaining to the symbolic representation of the mystery that surrounds us.

    I’m not sure how deeply you are into your own heritage, but if you ever do wish to share any of that with me, I’d be very receptive to it. But if you are more of a “modernist”, I’d still be interested in your view. Which is why I read “The Local Malcontent”!

    Hey! Thank you so much for visiting! Hopefully I’ll soon be able to post more regularly when I complete a few big projects I’m doing for Gift of Life Donor Program.

    Brother John
    Lansdowne, Pennsylvania USA

    Comment by Brother John — May 6, 2008 @ 8:12 am | Reply

  3. Thanks for visiting my site, Brother John.

    By the way, this is a very cool experiment. I hope your Mother Cluster of Crystals has a wonderful Mother’s Day tomorrow.

    (Sorry. When I’m injured, I’m just not that funny…)

    Comment by Kelsi — May 10, 2008 @ 11:12 am | Reply

  4. Kelsi, Actually the “Mother” cluster of crystals was recently divided. Her bottom half was allowed to dry and is resting on an ornamental display. So far the crystals have remained clear and sharply defined, even though they have been out of the sugar solution for a few days. They were a big hit on Mother’s day as people kept picking them up and holding them up to the light. Strangely, they are not “sticky” to the touch. They look and feel a bit like glass.

    My leg is slowly improving but I’m still taking Advil. Hope you are feeling better too.

    Brother John
    Lansdowne, Pennsylvania USA

    Comment by Brother John — May 12, 2008 @ 11:38 pm | Reply

  5. Hey! I’m doing a sch project on crystals… have any important tips that i have to take note when growing the crystals. And i heard that in order to make nice crystals slow evaporation is good. is it?

    Comment by spitfire_lina — July 5, 2008 @ 1:13 am | Reply

  6. Cool stuff!

    Comment by Crystal Images USA — October 16, 2008 @ 2:56 am | Reply


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