Chemistry is one of my favorite subjects. Most of it we can know by doing experiments. One of it I consider to be the best, it is about crystallization.
After my half yearly exams were over, I asked my mother to do a experiment for me. So my mother said ok, so we started doing the experiment and after a week we saw beautiful sugar crystals.
After seeing it an idea flashed into my mind that if we keep it for some mare days, will it grow? So I kept it for some more days and when I saw it some days later so, it really grew.
If you also want to make it and have fun like me, so proceed with the given instructions.
- 1 cup water
- 3 cups table sugar
- Glass jar
- pencil or butter knife
- pan or bowl for boiling water and making solution
- spoon or stirring rod
- Gather your materials.
- Tie the string to a pencil or butter knifeS. If you have made a seed crystal, tie it to the bottom of the string. Set the pencil or knife across the top of the glass jar and make sure that the string will hang into the jar without touching its sides or bottom.
- Boil the water. If you boil your water in the microwave,
e very careful removing it to avoid getting splashed!
- Stir in the sugar, a teaspoonful at a time. Keep adding sugar until it starts to accumulate at the bottom of the container and won’t dissolve even with more stirring. This means your sugar solution is saturated. If you don’t use a saturated solution, then your crystals won’t grow quickly. On the other hand, if you add too much sugar, new crystals will grow on the undissolved sugar and not on your string.
- If you want colored crystals, stir in a few drops of food coloring.
- Pour your solution into the clear glass jar. If you have undissolved sugar at the bottom of your container, avoid getting it in the jar.
- Place the pencil over the jar and allow the string to dangle into the liquid.
- Set the jar somewhere where it can remain undisturbed. If you like,you can set a coffee filter or paper towel over the jar to prevent dust from falling into the jar.
- Check on your crystals after a day. You should be able to see the beginnings of crystal growth on the string or crystal.
- Let the crystals grow until they have reached the desired size or have stopped growing. At this point, you can pull out the string and allow the crystal to dry. You can eat them or keep them.
- Crystals will form on a cotton or wool string or yarn, but not on a nylon line. If you use a nylon line, tie a seed crystal to it to stimulate crystal growth.
- If you are making the crystals to eat, please don’t use a fishing weight to hold your string down. The lead from the weight will end up in the water — it’s toxic. Paper clips are a better choice, but still not great.
This the only process how candy is made! So enjoy and have fun!