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Crystal-Making Document

This document was discovered during the assault on the Imperial base in Novembris of 401.  Information on the ritual purifications necessary for mana storage would be appreciated.

Very Basic Crystal Production Not suitable for mana storage without additional ritual purifications!

 

Minerals are crystalline.  Crystalline structures are characterized by an ordered internal arrangement.  The external shape of a mineral may or may not reflect this ordered structure.  If a mineral is in the form of a crystal its external form reflects its internal structure.  Quartz is commonly found as crystals and as fractured pieces that do not have a crystal form.

 

Rocks are composed of mineral grains.  Some sedimentary rocks contain, or are composed completely of, minerals that crystallize from concentrated seawater.  These include rock gypsum and halite.  Igneous rocks are those that solidify from molten material.  Grain (crystal) size in igneous rocks is controlled by rate of cooling.  If a magma cools slowly crystals will grow to a visible size resulting in the coarse-grained texture characteristic of granite.  If a magma cools quickly crystals will be quite small, resulting in the fine-grained texture of rocks such as basalt.

 

Materials

 

            Alum, about four ounces

            Salt, about four tablespoons

            Glass containers

            Thread

            A small heated surface

            Water

            Magnifying glass, or hand lens

 

Procedures

Heat two cups of water and dissolve about four ounces of alum in the water.  When the alum is dissolved pour about one inch of the solution into a clean jar, set this jar aside, uncovered, in a place where it will not be disturbed.  Small crystals about to inch in diameter should begin to form at the bottom of the jar within an hour.  Pour the remainder of the solution into a clean jar and cover it.  Heat one cup of water and dissolve as much salt as possible in the water (about three or four tablespoons).  There will be some salt that does not dissolve.  Pour about one inch of the salt solution into a clean jar and set this jar aside uncovered.  Very small crystals of salt should form within an hour or so.  When crystals have formed in both solutions examine them and compare the shapes, color, and size of the.  A magnifying glass will be useful to see the salt crystals.

 

The Effect of Cooling on Growth of Crystals

In this you will grow crystals under different conditions.  One jar will be cooled while the crystals grow, the other jar will cool under room temperature conditions.  Remove

two of the crystals of alum that you have grown in part one of the exercise to use as seed crystals.  Tie the seed crystals to separate pieces of thread, each a foot long.  This is a little tricky.  It may be useful to notch the crystals with a pen-knife on opposite sides, cast an overhand knot in the thread, insert the crystal in the loop and tighten so the thread lies in the notches.  Another overhand knot will secure the crystal.  These crystals will be suspended in clean jars by tying the free end of the thread around a stopper and propping the stopper across the top of the jar.  Use the solution reserved from part one of the exercise and divide the solution equally between the jars.  If crystals have formed in the reserved solution they will have to be dissolved by heating (allow to cool to near room temperature).  Do not pour hot solution over the seed crystals or they may dissolve.  Place one of the jars in a container of cold water.  Place the other jar someplace where it will not be disturbed.  Several days are required for the crystals to form completely.

 

 

Comments

 

The alum crystals are quite easy to grow but a little experience will prevent possible fumbling.  The is probably best not done in a single day, but over a week.  This is Very Basic Crystal Production Not suitable for mana storage without additional ritual purification.

 

            Notes: Blue string turned crystals blue.  Think that caused more impurities than is good.  Next time white or natural string.  Similar techniques with sugar?

As a side note, Creon once explained that we use the cheap, clear rock crystals for our imbuing because their crystalline structures are very simple.  The magic that an imbuer places into the gem gets lost in a more complex stone, as it is a very small magic.  Rubies, emeralds, and other stones are useful for ritual imbuing, as their more complex structure can support more powerful magic.