Science fairs! I am sure a few of us are around this time of the season for our kiddos and nieces, nephews and grandkids. My daughter and I are growing Alum Crystals at the moment, the science fair is this Friday..
What are Alum crystals you might ask???
Alum is a common pickling spice that can be found in most grocery stores. Of course it is used for many more uses and a variance of crafting techniques.
It also grows some fantastic crystals overnight!!
We started this project because growing Alum crystals are very easy..cheap and mostly non toxic for children to do the process. You don't want to have constant exposure to Alum but in small doses its fine.
Now while researching Alum we found another project that we are doing for the display. They were advertised on Martha Stewart as Cyrystal Egg Geodes:
Then I came across this interesting beauty...and now we get into miniatures. As we all know we gain ideas from life sized objects and attempt to recreate those objects in smaller scales. So I have decided to try something in the name of MINIATURE SCIENCE!!!!
Here is the example of a Alum encrusted Chandelier from Zdeněk Vacek and Daniel Pošta.
Where are you going Jane??......
So this is just the first attempt ..and its crap... but I thought that I might form a interesting technique for you folks to create your own crystal covered objects. I give to you the ..it was in the water too long..but it has crystals on it...bead and wire..chandelier..ish
I don't think anyone else has attempted this technique? Am I wrong?
In any case I will attempt another go at creating a better wire structure and soaking it in for a particular time limit. The crystals grow on the structure in hours. So for smaller crystals I think less time may produce smaller finer crystals, maybe multiple soaks.
I think we may have stumbled on something here folks!! More testing is needed more miniature scientists..maybe a lab...maybe some funding from NASA
.............ok I am rambling...
but yell this in your mind before you go...