Grow your own crystals with these easy recipes. Learn about crystal structures and how crystals are classified.

Epsom salt crystals readily absorb food coloring.
Epsom salt crystals are among the safest and easiest crystals to grow. The natural crystals are clear, but they readily accept dye from food coloring. Here’s what you need to know to grow these crystals yourself. Epsom Salt Crystal Materials All you need is Epsom salt, water, and a bit […]

How to Grow Epsom Salt Crystals

Color change crystals
If you enjoy growing crystals, up your game with this easy project that produces large crystals that change color from yellow to green to blue, depending on light and temperature. The crystals take from a few hours to overnight to grow. Color Change Crystals Materials You need two chemicals and […]

How to Grow Color Change Crystals

Quartz crystals commonly occur in nature.
A crystal is a form of matter in which the atoms, molecules, or ions are arranged in a highly ordered three-dimensional lattice. Crystals are also called crystalline solids because most crystals are solid. However, liquid crystals also exist. The word “crystal” comes from the Greek word krustallos, which means both […]

What Is a Crystal? Definition and Examples

A seed crystal is a small crystal used to promote growth of a larger one.
A seed crystal is a small crystal that is used as a base to grow a large single crystal. Without a seed, crystals form slowly from random intermolecular interactions. When the seed is placed in a saturated or supersaturated solution it acts as a nucleation site. This decreases the time […]

How to Grow a Seed Crystal

These calcium chloride crystals grew spontaneously in a container of DampRid.
Calcium chloride crystals are easy to grow. The clear crystals are thin, six-sided shards that sparkle brightly. Materials All you need is calcium chloride and water: Calcium chloride (CaCl2) Water (H2O) Calcium chloride is commonly used as road salt to remove ice, in moisture control products such as DampRid, and […]

Grow Calcium Chloride Crystals

Borax Crystal Snowflake
Real snowflakes are beautiful, but melt quickly. Grow borax crystal snowflakes and enjoy them as sparkling ornaments or decorations year-round. The snowflakes are naturally clear or white, but you can tint them blue or any color you like. Borax Crystal Snowflake Materials Basically, you’re growing borax crystals over a snowflake […]

Make Borax Crystal Snowflakes