Thursday, November 21, 2013

Within the Chemical Garden

A chemical garden or a crystal garden is made of solid metal salts that are added to an aqueous solution of sodium silicate. The salts will start to dissolve and transform to silicate salt on the surface. This silicate is slightly soluble and grows to strange forms. The photos are made with different salts in a 50 % solution of sodium silicate. 

chemical garden
Holmium nitrate in the chemical garden.

Chemical garden
Chemical garden with neodymium nitrate.

Neodymium crystal
Neodymium nitrate.


  1. Yes, Great pictures, I really like these suggestive shapes, wonderful!

  2. Wonderful shots of these strange shapes.


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