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.
Alum, about four ounces
Salt, about four tablespoons
A small heated surface
Magnifying glass, or hand lens
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 ¼ to ½ 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.
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?