Assignment One : Growing Your Own Crystals
You will be required to grow your own crystals and report on their progress, over the next few weeks.
Salt or sugar
Hot water (almost boiling)
Two clean jars (or a bowl and a clean jar)
In a jar or bowl, add salt or sugar to hot water and stir until you've reached saturation (meaning you've dissolved as much salt or sugar into the water as you can). Pour the solution into a clean jar, leaving behind any undissolved salt or sugar.
Tie a length of cotton to a popsicle stick and then lower the thread into the solution in the jar until the thread touches the bottom of the jar. The popsicle stick should rest on the lip of the jar and hold the thread over the center of the jar.
Let the jar sit for 15 minutes, then swish the jar a bit. Wait another 15 minutes and swish the jar again. Wait an hour and swish it one final time. Set the jar where it won't be disturbed.
Crystals should begin to develop on the thread within a few hours and continue to grow for a day up to several days.