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Making Bismuth Crystals

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Published on Jan 16, 2012

I had about 500 grams of bismuth lying around, so I decided to try my hand at bismuth crystal making. The first few minutes of the video show me making one batch, the rest of the video shows off crystals from several batches. If you don't like what you get, you can just melt it again. The bismuth was placed in a steel soup ladle and melted over a gas stove burner. It is easy to melt. Allow it to cool a bit so that the surface skins over and then dump out the molten center. Bismuth is fragile and it is easy to open the hollow clump from the ladle. It usually will come apart in your hand., revealing the crystals. The molten material from the center was dumped onto a steel plate. Once the bismuth began to harden, I tilted the plate revealing a crystal structure. These are very iridescent crystals and there are striking color changes as the lighting angle changes. I hope that you enjoyed this video, please Like, and Subscribe for more tech videos. Check out my channel.

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