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  • GuhanN commented on GuhanN's instructable Growing Crystals!2 years ago
    Growing Crystals!

    Making jewelry is a really cool idea! But I wouldn't advise so. Salts like Borax produce somewhat weak crystals near the ends of the thread. However, certain salts like alum produce relatively stronger salts. Be warned, dropping any salt from a hieght could possibly break it.

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  • GuhanN commented on GuhanN's instructable Growing Crystals!2 years ago
    Growing Crystals!

    I will answer your questions to my best ability,1) a) Borax salt is amorphous, which means it is "powdery". Since it is powdery, it could probably get easily into your nails or something and that is why it is recommended you use gloves. After it becomes a Borax crystal, it stays a crystal, at room temperature, and its not going to melt, like sugar. So it isn't a problem. Also, since Borax salt is slightly corrosive in nature, gloves are recommended again.b) Well, my granddad got these salts for me. He said he got it from depot that sells lab supplies.c) I am not quite aware about Borax's cleaning ability, however they seem to sell it for cleaning purposes in other countries. I am not quite sure about it. Please do check it.d) One can use any salt, theoretically. I just used bo...

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    I will answer your questions to my best ability,1) a) Borax salt is amorphous, which means it is "powdery". Since it is powdery, it could probably get easily into your nails or something and that is why it is recommended you use gloves. After it becomes a Borax crystal, it stays a crystal, at room temperature, and its not going to melt, like sugar. So it isn't a problem. Also, since Borax salt is slightly corrosive in nature, gloves are recommended again.b) Well, my granddad got these salts for me. He said he got it from depot that sells lab supplies.c) I am not quite aware about Borax's cleaning ability, however they seem to sell it for cleaning purposes in other countries. I am not quite sure about it. Please do check it.d) One can use any salt, theoretically. I just used borax because it attains super saturation more easily and can produce crystals that are larger and more cooler!2) You sure can. That is what I tried on the green alum crystals on the cover picture. If the temperature is not too hot so that they dissolve, the older crystal will act as the core for newer crystals to form, thus making it larger and larger! Really cool if you think about it!

    Logically, you could!!

    I hope it helped!

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  • GuhanN commented on GuhanN's instructable Growing Crystals!2 years ago
    Growing Crystals!

    Sugar can definitely be used instead of any salt. Regular home - use sugar can be used.P.S. the speciel sugar crystal you get is called Rock Candy!

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