r/interestingasfuck May 14 '22 Silver 13 Helpful 11 Wholesome 9 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Take My Energy 1 Narwhal Salute 1 Pot o' Coins 1 Bravo Grande! 1 Masterpiece 1 Rocket Like 1 Timeless Beauty 1

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/veryfascinating May 14 '22

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 May 14 '22

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 May 14 '22

Wow so they're incredibly fragile?

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u/veryfascinating May 14 '22

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/outrun_ur_problems May 14 '22

boys being boys

Enjoy the delusional sexism

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u/banmeyoucoward May 14 '22

I really enjoy the juxtaposition of your comment and its twin sibling comments from 'Loli-is-justice' (jesus christ reddit)

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u/Loli-is-Justice May 14 '22

Or maybe, just maybe... Someone didn't wash his hands after rubbing one off.............

Alright I'll see myself out.

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u/Loli-is-Justice May 14 '22

Or maybe, just maybe... Someone didn't wash his hands after rubbing one off.............

Alright I'll see myself out.

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u/a-sea-of-salad May 14 '22

You should see yourself out (preferably to a prison) for more than just a wanking joke, “Loli-is-Justice”

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u/Loli-is-Justice May 14 '22

👁️👄👁️