Make a crystal Crismats tree from household ingredients
The magical part of the magic crystal Christmas tree is partly how fast the crystals grow and in part the whole notion of a paper tree or sponge magically pushing a crystal foliage. This project is a variation on the charcoal crystal garden , except that the crystals are grown on a tree form. You can watch an accelerated video of this project to see what to expect.
Magic Crystal Christmas Tree ingredients
- 6 tablespoons or 90 ml of water
- 6 tablespoons or 90 ml table salt (preferably un-ionized)
- 6 tablespoons or 90 ml of liquid laundry Mrs. Mrs. Stewart [buy at Amazon]
- 1 tablespoon or 15 ml of domestic ammonia
- food coloring (optional)
Make the magic solution by dissolving the salt in the water and stirring in the blueing liquid and ammonia.
Grow a magic crystal Christmas tree
There are many ways to get here. You can cut a sponge into the shape of a Christmas tree, place it in a shallow dish, and pour the crystal solution on the sponge. Place the dish somewhere where it will not be disturbed. You can dot the sponge with food dyes (such as ornaments), if you wish. Depending on the temperature and humidity, crystals may appear on the Christmas tree in less than an hour. You should have a nice set of crystals if you let the dish sit during the night.
The other method is to cut a Christmas tree out of cardboard or blotting paper.
If you make two of these trees, you can cut one mid-height and the other half from the bottom, match the cut ends together, and create a standing three-dimensional tree. You can decorate your tree with food coloring ornaments. Place this tree in a shallow dish containing the crystal culture solution .
Crystal ‘leaves’ will begin to grow on your tree as the liquid is kneaded onto the paper and evaporates.
If you can not get the blueness of the laundry, you can get inexpensive kits [compare prices on Amazon] to grow magic crystal Christmas trees.
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