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how can i grow crystals? Answered

I want to grow crystals, additionally i want to grow crystals in a particular shape ive seen it been done before however i can not figure it out. Does any one have any insight? 
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Acepilot42 (author)2010-06-20

in science last year we did the saturated solution with salt (like kiteman). you get a pitri dish then put a black peice of paper in the bottom, the same diamemter. pour the solutiion in the dish and wait a few days. the bad thing about this is the crystals turn white after a while.

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lemonie (author)2010-06-20


This is sucrose, I can give some tip on these

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Kiteman (author)2010-06-19

The shape of a crystal is governed by the substance that forms the crystal.

Basically, to make a crystal, dissolve the substance in hot water until no more will dissolve (it's called a "saturated" solution).

Leave the solution somewhere warm and still for the water to slowly evaporate (a sunny windowsill is good).

You can also start with a small crystal, suspended on a thread into the solution - this will grow a larger crystal on the thread.

Can you remember the name or shape of the crystal you saw?


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seandogue (author)Kiteman2010-06-19

btw, the two classics are using salt and sugar, neither of which will produce much more that a cubic structure, but they do illustrate the principle. For things like quartz, you'll need far more sophisticated equipment than a clear jar and piece3 of string!

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Re-design (author)seandogue2010-06-19

I like copper sulfate crystals. What shape are the crystals you're trying to grow?

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