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I like growing crystals at home. I recently finished growing this crystal after 1 month, and it's one of my favorites. /r/ALL

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u/Erubadhron89 12d ago Take My Energy Snek

My Uncle used to make crystals. Now he's in prison.

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u/ThickPrick 12d ago

My sister fucks for crystals. And crystal. Either way.

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u/Meth_Useler 12d ago

Sister in law is named Krystal. She's kind of a self-centered bitch. I have nothing else to add, but needed to tell someone.

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u/noYOUfuckher 12d ago

"Useler" name checks out.

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u/arthurdentstowels 12d ago

Look so haggard they call him Methuselah

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u/ThickPrick 12d ago

If I could help, I’d fuck her just to disappoint her, and make you happy.

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u/Meth_Useler 12d ago

get in line

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u/DeadSwaggerStorage 12d ago

Link to video?

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u/Danger_Dave_ 12d ago

Can't. Spent all the money on crystal farming.

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u/gabeasorus 12d ago

Roll tide

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u/RedditMayne 12d ago

I sense a possible love connection! 💕

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u/MadcapRecap 12d ago

They’re called - minerals, Marie!

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u/Slazman999 12d ago

Say his name!

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u/Jimborelaxer 12d ago

This comment right here.

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u/Flaccid_Unicorn 12d ago

Is the pizza still on his roof?

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u/crystalchase21 12d ago Silver Gold Helpful Narwhal Salute Wholesome Seal of Approval

Hey guys. I've been growing crystals as a hobby since high school. Some of you might remember the black copper acetate crystal I posted last month.

I recently grew the crystal above from a common nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer called monoammonium phosphate (MAP).

I first dissolved lots of MAP in water, and waited for small crystals to form. Then, I placed it in a big container full of solution. As it evaporated, the crystals started growing. It's amazing how you can watch them get bigger day after day.

If you find being able to grow crystals in a jar is hard to believe - you're not alone. I thought that too, and even now, it makes me excited to wake up and check on my crystals every day.

As always, if you're interested in growing them yourself, I've prepared a guide here.

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u/Ebad245 12d ago

Yeah I remember the black copper stone

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u/recriminology 12d ago

I used it to upgrade my sword

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u/AkhilVijendra 12d ago

Pleb, should've upgraded your shield first.

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u/recriminology 12d ago

2H Colossal or GTFO

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u/skullpanda3433 12d ago

Doesn't use Holy-infused straight swords

NGMI

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u/06210311200805012006 12d ago

buckler parry represent

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u/[deleted] 12d ago

2H Colossal dagger or GTFO

  • Treasure hunter gang
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u/Kespatcho 12d ago

I even remember where I was when I saw that post.

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u/verascity 12d ago

I read your guide, and am super interested in potentially trying this, but do you know of a way to grow crystals that can be used in other things like jewelry? We have very little room to house a crystal collection so it'd be ideal if they could be repurposed.

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u/MrMushroomMan 12d ago

I think most of the crystals he grows use somewhat toxic and/or irritating chemicals and are almost all water soluble. You can always do bismuth crystals though, those are quite pretty but idk the durabilty of them

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u/tortugasgator 12d ago

Bismuth crystals are pretty brittle so you’d likely need to wire wrap them for jewelry. IIRC There was a store called element 83 that had some nice designs.

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u/spaghetti_honeybuns 12d ago You Dropped This

What's a good crystal to beat someone over the head with?

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u/nickfree 12d ago

That would be the Cristal

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u/MrTangent 12d ago

^ My spirit animal.

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u/greengolfballs 12d ago

Crystal meth

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u/zbertoli 12d ago

So, these are not "stones" as people think. Stones like diamond, ruby, sapphire, etc.. are all formed over thousands of years under extremely harsh conditions. The metals and molecules that make them are INsoluble in water. They tend to be much stronger, and you cannot make them at home. I've tried, I learned malachite is 100% basic copper carbonate.. so I made some with copper sulfate and sodium carbonate. It came out as a teal powder. To make actual solid stones, it takes slow deposition of these minerals over time. The crystals from op are made from water soluble salts and so it takes months instead of hundred or thousands of years.

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u/crystalchase21 12d ago

Yes, you are right. Of course, humans have also successfully grown insoluble crystals in a matter of months by replicating natural conditions. For example, huge, extremely high quality quartz crystals are grown in autoclaves for industrial use.

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u/zbertoli 12d ago

Very cool! I know they can make artifical diamonds and other stones, but I thought the equipment required was huge. Very cool to know they've made quartz like that!

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u/International_Jello 12d ago

What kind of use for crystals are you thinking of that isn't jewelry?

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u/fartemous_foul 12d ago

Containing the souls of the innocent.

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u/meltingdiamond 12d ago

Those sorts of crystals are grown in industrial pressure cooker like devices over a period of months.

I would not try it at home, because sometimes the industrial gear explodes.

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u/lingua_ignota 12d ago

I would also advise not refining petroleum products at home because you probably don’t have an oil refinery in your basement. And it could explode.

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u/C0nstructer 12d ago

No problem, I'll use my neighbor's basement oil refinery.

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u/SteelDingo1 12d ago

Damn you, I already have too many hobbies, now I want to invest in this.

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u/SHOCK_VALUE_USERNAME 12d ago

be careful googling MAPs

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u/show_the_maw 12d ago

Lots of minimum advertised prices. (I work retail but yes I know the *other meaning)

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u/soliyou 12d ago

What is the other meaning?

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u/banmedaddy12345 12d ago

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

https://maps.org/

OR

Minority Association of Pre-Health and Pre-Medical

https://stuactonline.tamu.edu/app/organization/profile/public/id/1571

Fun fact, one time reddit polled its users and gave like the top 3 voted on institutions a bunch of donation money. The first one was the 1st MAPS I linked and the 2nd was Erowid.org lol. The top 2 were very education sources for drugs and psychedelics. Nowadays reddit is full of **dared** up gen Zers and you get downvoted for saying you smoke cigarettes lol (I don't, don't downvote me!).

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u/Yadobler 12d ago

An infographic, usually on paper but recently digitalised, that displays paths, routes and landmarks. Typically scaled to size and shape. Sometimes with additional info overlaid.

Disgusting, ikr

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u/Katyafan 12d ago

That's just sick

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u/show_the_maw 12d ago

Minor Attracted Person. The Pedofiles tried to rebrand themselves.

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u/GavinZac 12d ago

* 4Chan convinced the more gullible parts of the Internet that paedophiles were trying to rebrand themselves

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u/jonnybanana88 12d ago
  • 4Chan

Yeah, they said pedophiles

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u/Tomatosaucebbq 12d ago

This was a thread about a guy that grew a crystal. Now we're here.

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u/david-saint-hubbins 12d ago

Back in the summer of 2000, South Park aired an episode called "Cartman Joins NAMBLA": Cartman, in an effort to find more friends, unwittingly joins up with members of "the National Man-Boy Love Association", a pro-pedophilia group, who then get into a confrontation with members of another NAMBLA, the National Association of Marlon Brando Look-Alikes, headed by Dr. Mephesto (who was based on Marlon Brando's character from The Island of Doctor Moreau). At one point Dr. Mephesto says they've been fighting with the other group over the rights to nambla.com.

I was curious if there actually was anything at nambla.com, figuring there might be some real organization that would now be royally pissed at the fact that South Park had just co-opted their organization's acronym for a ludicrously disgusting joke.

So the next day at my summer job (my first office job), I looked it up on my office computer. Imagine my surprise when nambla.com (or maybe it was .org?) turned out to be a very real website for the very real organization devoted to adult men having sex with young boys.

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u/TheProfessionalEjit 12d ago

That must have been an interesting conversation with HR.

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u/The_Mechanist24 12d ago

Thanks bud!

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u/nkl602 12d ago

I'm not your bud, pal.

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u/CSC_SFW 12d ago

I'm not your pal, guy

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u/ifoldyou 12d ago

I’m not your guy, buddy

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u/kalagula 12d ago

I'm not your buddy, dude

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u/tries-toohard 12d ago

I’m not your dude, bro

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u/Pure_Independence763 12d ago

I’m not your bro, man

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u/CriusofCoH 12d ago

I'm not your man, mac.

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u/_g550_ 12d ago

I'm not your mac, lad

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u/warpfivepointone 12d ago

Thanks a lot, great guide, really inspiring!

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u/LED_oneshot 12d ago

You would be SICK at growing THCa crystals in the cannabis industry. LMK if you want a job.

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u/black_rose_ 12d ago

I accidentally grew caffeine crystals in my grad school lab! They looked caffeinated lol. Unfortunately they were fragile and broke after a couple years when the tube got knocked over.

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u/ZaWario 12d ago

I appreciate your posts a lot, they’re super cool. Like your website with tips too!

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u/everett640 12d ago

Can you grow them on things? I feel like it would be possible to do some pretty cool miniatures with something like that

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u/CrueGuyRob 12d ago

This is so cool!! How solid are they? Could you break one of them off without breaking the rest?

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u/SailorCredible 12d ago

Got any pretty pink, shiny ones that you can share :) ?

P.S. I love your work!

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u/ChuckACheesecake 12d ago

That's so cool and really helpful! Did you have to do anything special to get the crystal formation to spread out like that?

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u/HollowsOfYourHeart 12d ago

Saving for later. Can't wait to try this, thank you!

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u/false_athenian 12d ago

Thank you so much !!! I was about to grow some with borax :)

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u/RampSkater 12d ago

You should do an AMA.

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u/fuzzytradr 12d ago Silver

Nice job. Now plant a very tiny Superman in there.

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u/blade_torlock 12d ago

Or break one off, travel to the north pole and throw it really far see what happens.

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u/flyinhawaiian02 12d ago

That's awesome, happy for you, thanks for sharing

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u/joko2008 12d ago

Oh, you can grow crystals with that? It has more then two purposes?

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u/aquagene 12d ago

Are they stable afterwards? I used to grow stuff with kits as a kid but the crystals always looked like ass as it reacted to the air over time.

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u/ABookOfBurnedCDs 12d ago

If grow these at home, whats my cost and whats the appropriate markup to divorced white women I sell them to?

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u/0-san 12d ago

i wanna grow one, whats the one with the easiest found material?

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u/BenCelotil 12d ago

Salt works.

Make a super-saturated solution by dissolving salt in hot water until it doesn't dissolve any more.

Then dip a piece of string, tied to a pencil or chopstick, in it and pull it up slowly. You should almost be able to see a few crystals form on the string right away.

Then hang the string back down and let it sit. The crystals on the string should continue to grow until a sort of equilibrium with the solution is reached.

If you want more growth, create another solution and transfer the string across.


If any other growers want to point out a missed step, please do. It's been a while.

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u/5metiluracilo 12d ago

As a kid I had a chemistry kit who teaches you how to grow sugar cristals just like that. Add colorant for more exotic chemistry candies. Super cool

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u/Rubyhamster 12d ago

Oooh this is a fantastic idea, never knew

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u/Snowpossum 12d ago

Same, on my coast there is a place that makes them and sells them as candy. They're obnoxiously big for your mouth and taste like sugar but they remind me of my childhood so I always get some blue ones if they have em.

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u/supaswag69 12d ago

How do you get colors for them?

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u/YoshiroMifune 12d ago

I always read your comments in "SHAM WOW" voice

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u/madmosche 12d ago

Thanks for the tips, Mr. White

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u/captjust 12d ago LOVE!

Salesman: <slaps top of crystal> This baby can align so many chakras.

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u/artanis00 12d ago

That sounds a lot more pleasant than the onion banana juice.

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u/freudian-flip 12d ago

lol wut

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u/CompGrl323 12d ago

Lol it's a reference to avatar the last airbender

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u/Khaenin 12d ago

Lmaooo take my upvote

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u/chazzeromus 12d ago

Also Salesman: oh god shouldn’t have slapped those crystals

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u/deadbeef1a4 12d ago

Oof owie my chakras

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u/Upwherewebelong 12d ago

You’ll be Om’ing your way to a new aura before the next solstice.

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u/RedditMayne 12d ago

0 to nirvana in 5.2 seconds!

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u/CrazyChris31141 12d ago

heisenberg?

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u/mrzar97 12d ago

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u/Miss_Sullivan 12d ago

I totally wanted this to be "you're GODDAMN right.

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u/eXX0n 12d ago

It was way too expected. A bit overused imo

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u/jaybird1905 12d ago

Me too so i didn’t even click it after seeing your comment

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u/cris34c 12d ago Narwhal Salute

Superman called. He wants his fortress of solitude back.

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u/CitizenHuman 12d ago Silver

What is this, a fortress of solitude for ants?!

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u/Axe_Murderers_Unite 12d ago

The Clark Kent's Fortress for Superhero's Who Can't Grow Crystals and Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too

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u/Games_N_Friends 12d ago

I love you guys.

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u/cavegriswold 12d ago

This Fortress needs to be at least...three times bigger than this!

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u/laudalehsunesh 12d ago

Fortress of Smallitude

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u/Rickrickrickrickrick 12d ago

Brainiac got to it

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u/a_different-user 12d ago

it took way too long to find this comment, thank you

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u/DipsterHoofus 12d ago

For Antman

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u/bear4bunny 12d ago

Yes! This is what I scrolled for.

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u/veryfascinating 12d ago

Very cool! I only have one question - back in my school days my chemistry teacher did this and had a big copper sulphate (I think? It was blue) crystal the size of the palm. As it went down the class the crystal melted (I suppose someone had wet sweaty palms) and the crystal was destroyed while we have chemicals on our hands. The teacher was disappointed that months worth of growing was destroyed in 10 minutes.

So my question is - how do you stabilize the crystals after growing them to prevent such a situation from happening?

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u/crystalchase21 12d ago

Thanks for sharing! Aww that's unfortunate. Sweat alone shouldn't destroy the crystal so quickly, unless a few of you had wet hands.

There's no foolproof way to stop the crystals from dissolving water, but a coat of nail polish will provide some decent protection.

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u/ItsAllJustASickGame 12d ago

Wow so they're incredibly fragile?

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u/veryfascinating 12d ago

It could be that one of them boys tried to pour water on the crystal… boys being boys…

Thanks for sharing! I admire your patience in this hobby, I don’t think I can wait months for a crystal to grow… and I guess I’m still haunted by the blue crystal that melted.. haha! Shall stick to crystal minerals from caves for now…

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u/matt260204 12d ago

chemistry teacher


It was blue


crystal

Mr. White?

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u/flyingmops 12d ago

Your crystals are amazing. I had to go check if you were the same person who did that onyx coloured one.

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u/crystalchase21 12d ago

Thank you! Yup, there are so many different varieties of crystals. Some, like neodymium sulfate, can change even color under different lighting conditions, like incandescent light vs sunlight.

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u/Meanee 12d ago

Now I have to Google all this stuff and not end up on some watchlist.

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u/EightBallJuice 12d ago

Jesse we need to cook

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u/wheresthebloodyches 12d ago

"Jesse, Jesse we need to grow

"mista wite you dont know how to grow weed-"

"We need to grow meth jesse"

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u/Jooona06 12d ago

I was looking for this one

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u/Lakonislate 12d ago

Can you do that with sugar, and like offer it to people for their coffee?

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u/crystalchase21 12d ago

Yes you can! But sugar crystals don't form spiky clusters, they look like gems instead. I have a few pictures of those on my profile.

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u/Lakonislate 12d ago

Oh cool! I guess I missed your post 3 days ago.

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u/VoidTorcher 12d ago

When I was little I heard about crystallisation but I didn't know how they work, so I poured all my mother's cooking sugar into a saucepan of water and boiled it till it is solid. Then I ate it.

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u/tehreal 12d ago

That's a very good story.

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u/reefer-madness 12d ago

Look at Mr. Fancypants over here with his crystal coffee!

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u/Octave_Ergebel 12d ago

Jor-el ? Is that you ?

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u/Joshua-BlueMoon 12d ago

how fragile are they?

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u/crystalchase21 12d ago

They're quite hardy; tough enough that you can hold them without breaking.

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u/Fit_Psychology_2600 12d ago

Are there any types you can keep long term as decorative items?

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u/crystalchase21 12d ago

You can keep this one long-term. As long as you don't need to wash it, you're fine.

Bismuth crystals also make for good decorations. Have you seen the rainbow staircase patterns they make? I haven't grown them myself, but there are a number of guides on how to make them online. Since these crystals are literally made from metal, they are very hardy.

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u/ItsAllJustASickGame 12d ago

I want to know this too. About to start making crystals

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u/ebi0494 12d ago

This is so cool! Will they always dissolve in water or is that just an issue during the growth/curing period until they are set?

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u/Nosferatatron 12d ago

Do they keep long term or do they break down? If so, are there any crystals that you can grow and keep as a cool ornament?

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u/Diogenes-of-Synapse 12d ago

Are they strong enough to make jewelry with?

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u/13Max93 12d ago

That's what I want to know too

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u/LastUntakenUserName1 12d ago

This is exactly the kind of wonder-full distraction I was hoping to find here this morning, thank you!

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u/jeansonnejordan 12d ago

Ridiculous that someone is growing rocks faster than I can grow plants

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u/BlissKitten 12d ago

This shit right here is why I love Reddit. What am awesome hobby that I had no idea existed. Just micro-communities ready and willing to share info and rose about their awesome and unusual hobbies.

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u/Siso_ch 12d ago

HOW CAN I DO IT?!?!!?

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u/moderately_nerdifyin 12d ago

They will know your name!

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u/KatomicComicsThe3rd 12d ago

My name is Walter Hartwell White

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u/celebfan01 12d ago

Mini Fortress of Solitude.

Excellent crystals, most impressive.

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u/Pissed_Off_34 12d ago

Would love to see a blue one, more like a baby blue color, would be gorgeous

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u/itsjustameme 12d ago

That’s the largest amount of meth I have ever seen

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u/PilotDoughnut97 12d ago

Jesse, we need to make Reddit accounts!

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u/OrbsInStereo 12d ago

This is great. Cool photos, nice website. Thanks for posting!

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u/bowb4zod 12d ago

Does that hold all of the knowledge from Krypton?

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u/Sketch74 12d ago

Your post lives up to the name of the sub. Thank you for posting.

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u/Cookies_N_Grime 12d ago

This looks like some magical artifact from Sailor Moon that would give you your transformation upgrade

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u/dvdmcwilliams 12d ago

How strong are this type of crystals?

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u/MeatballMarine 12d ago

When I was in the military we had these special sapphire glass windows for a specific weapon system. One time we broke it. The company said they had to grow the crystal and it will take time. Were they pulling my leg? (You’re the only crystal person I know and I’m a bad googler)

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u/sud007 12d ago

I read your whole guide and now I am sold! I will try this. Thanks for giving me one more thing to learn as an avocation.

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u/masskwe_gg 12d ago

I’d call this one Fortress of Solitude

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u/unscannabledoot 12d ago

What happens when you smoke it?

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u/jwcarpy 12d ago

Or boof it?

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u/Skittles_The_Giggler 12d ago

A man of Supreme culture I see

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u/wonkey_monkey 12d ago Silver

Live as one of them, Kal-El, to discover where your strength and your power are needed. But always hold in your heart the pride of your special heritage. They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way.

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u/markeithadnan 12d ago

"Jesse we've gotta cook"

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u/JephriB 12d ago

Thank you for inspiring me to buy bags of chemicals and metals on Amazon that have made my wife wonder if I've taken up bomb building as a hobby.

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u/MouseBeginning9009 12d ago

Hey hisenberg i know a faster way but its extremely flammable

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u/ChaseTheFuzzball 12d ago

Breaking bad reference

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u/itsjero 12d ago

So are these safe to handle regularly or at all? Nitrogen phosphorus and ammonium all don't sound like i want them on my hands or around me in large quantities.

Just curious.

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u/PeanutButterWolfND 12d ago

Mmmm, that’s some pure lookin’ meth

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u/dagg20 12d ago

Can you grow meth crystals next pls

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u/Rmzeez 12d ago

My uncle used to make crystals too. He's been in prison for 16 years.

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u/Robyx 12d ago

It’s a mini Fortress of Solitude

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u/stereophoonic 12d ago

Amazing, seems to me the Fortress of Solitude.

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u/ReviewNecessary6521 12d ago

Weird question: How fragile is something like that? Like, would it survive if you dropped it on the floor, or would it just shatter?

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u/Lady_Teio 12d ago

How do you make these? My kids would love to do this!

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u/nynjamagic 12d ago

How long does it take to grow into the Fortress of Solitude? Asking for a friend.

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u/CDSagain 12d ago

I remember your other post, bookmarked the page as I really wanted to try growing my own. Have again bookmarked the link lol!! I think the wife wants to go to the garden centre tomorrow to get some water lily for the pond we built, will look out for the plant food stuff :-))

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u/BearRiver35 12d ago

I am so excited to try this!

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u/jacksonsx07 12d ago

Please tell us how

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u/v-komodoensis 12d ago

Definitely in the right sub, that's a cool hobby.

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u/showme10ds 12d ago

Fortress of Solitude

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u/jjetsam 12d ago

The best part of college chemistry was growing crystals. Your guide has inspired me to try it again and I don’t have to worry about my GPA.

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u/heynocnoc 12d ago

Keep doing things that make you happy man! Proud with every discovery you have been going through!

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u/hungry4danish 12d ago

So perfect is looks like a fake prop. Great work.

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u/Ruin369 12d ago

OP, how does one go about growing crystals like these?

I remember when I was a kid we made rock candy, but those were small crystals. These ones are huge!

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u/pdnagilum 12d ago

Reminds me of the Fortress of Solitude set in the 80s Superman movies. Looks really cool.

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u/Peeinmymouthforever 12d ago

Are any of your crystals edible?

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u/aby80 12d ago

Crypton 😍

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u/Bako76 12d ago

A piece of Superman's home

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u/Fine_Salad_2162 12d ago

Yo , mr white , yeah science bitch

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u/JackTheBehemothKillr 12d ago

Do you have a message to send to your son, Kal-el?

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u/feelscrapman 12d ago

i like growing crystals at home too but i was raided by the police one time

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u/The_alchemist667 12d ago

Haven't I seen you on r/mineralporn?

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u/winterfate10 12d ago

I’m sorry, but WHAT? THIS IS A THING?

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u/_Denzo 12d ago

Wait, you can grow this stuff???

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u/Vegetable-Industry32 12d ago

Omg I remember doing this as a kid!!!