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February 17, 2008

Growing Crystals

Filed under: Crystals,Projects — Brother John @ 3:05 am
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While I’m working on a draft that will talk about my cancer story, I thought I’d give you something to read. I give you… “Fun with Crystals”.

From my “Growing Crystals” experiments.

I’ve recently developed an interest in growing crystals. I felt the best way to do this would be to start with growing sugar crystals because I already had everything I needed.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m the curious type. I’m always wondering about how things work and why they do the things they do. One morning I woke up and discovered I was suddenly curious about crystal formation. I wanted to try my hand at growing them.

The image on the left is after one day’s growth and I’d expect larger crystals to grow given time.

The trick to creating crystals is a super saturated sugar/water solution containing higher concentrations of dissolved sugar than water. The exact ratio is an important factor for success. As water evaporates from the super saturated solution, the concentration of sugar to water will naturally increase. Some sugar molecules will have to come out of suspension (fall out) and will return to a solid particle form. This should happen slowly.

As particles continue to “fall out” of suspension, they will be attracted to one another and may even attach. If enough of them stack up in layers, they will form a kind of”protocrystal” or “pre-crystal”. As more particles fall out they will be strongly attracted to the protocrystal and will attach to it. This is how crystals grow. NEW…



  1. I’ll come back to this again after a week’s growth. My next project will be using Alum instead of sugar.

    Brother John
    Lansdowne, Pennsylvania USA

    Comment by Brother John — February 17, 2008 @ 3:07 am | Reply

  2. This is pretty cool stuff, but what I am interested in here, is hair, I could really use something like that John.

    What do we need, I will grab the credit card and rush over to Home Depot or Lowe’s

    Just let me know.

    Comment by Don Smith — April 3, 2008 @ 1:24 am | Reply

  3. Don, Ah heck. I got plenty to spare. You can have some of mine if you don’t mind it curly! 😉

    Comment by Brother John — April 3, 2008 @ 5:33 am | Reply

  4. Hy John? What’s up? You have a good week? Could I possibly put ANOTHER QUESTION IN HERE? I dunno. Spent about $600 large on the house this week, being a happy home-owner and making sure the wife has all her working labor saving appliances.

    You know how that goes right? (If mama’s happy, everybody’s happy)

    Getting a lot of flack on the Love Boat thing, that is what I get for emailing these people all this. I am giving them about two more weeks, and then the emails are going to be a thing of the past, they can come here for their respective dose of insantity.

    I am slowly but surely getting educated on a lot of this, man, it comes in here and grabs stuff, and then places it on a website that I would not give five minutes of my time to. Just doing tag searching and they see it, grab it and it is gone. Found that one out today looking at the statistic’s page and all that.

    Makes me careful about “how it is that I tag my stuff in the future” eh?

    Have a great weekend.


    Comment by Don Smith — April 5, 2008 @ 6:54 am | Reply

  5. we are doing a science project on how to grow crystals. can you e-mail us to give us more info


    Comment by Anounamus — April 24, 2008 @ 2:33 pm | Reply

  6. sorry ill tell you my name cuz my friend wants me too
    e-mail us back please thanks

    chelsea and savannah

    Comment by chelsea — April 24, 2008 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

  7. Chelsea, and Savannah, First off, I can understand wanting to be “anonymous” in this day and age. You can’t be too safe you know, especially when contacting people on the internet. No matter how safe they may appear to be.

    About the crystals… Sure! I’ll put an email together for you right now. Look for it to come soon. Let me know if you don’t get it!

    Brother John
    Lansdowne, Pennsylvania USA

    Comment by Brother John — April 24, 2008 @ 3:20 pm | Reply

  8. how do u make them

    Comment by steven — January 26, 2009 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  9. It interests me how it was that t6hose crystals got so huge in that cavern in Mexico – or was it Peru, anyway, I would like to find out and grow my own to some significant size.

    Comment by rockwatching — January 9, 2011 @ 2:23 pm | Reply

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    Comment by — February 18, 2013 @ 1:28 pm | Reply

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