Christmas Tree Crystals

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Christmas Tree Crystals

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I have seen some really nice x-polar crystal images on here lately so I was inspired to have a go with an amino acid mix. It's a work in progress but it did produce a couple of very seasonal looking photos.

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=D> Very nice.
Thanks for sharing.

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Thanks.

I managed to get some nice results by experimenting with the mix and process a little. It's hard to squeeze them into the 300k limit so if you want to see them in their full glory they are on my Flickr page.

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Where do you get amino acids?

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I bought them on Amazon. They are sold as food supplements and you can get them in small amounts for under $10. Search for Beta Alanine, L. Glutamine, Taurine, Lysine etc.

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Very evocative images! Thanks for sharing. And for the purchase bit, too - been wondering whether all these exotic chemicals come with lab access only. In many parts of the world the pharmacies just flatly refuse to sell any exotic chemicals, no matter how small quantity, to common customers.

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:smt038 Last set turned out great.
Happy to see you got it to work.
Thanks for sharing.

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Thanks!

I just had a go with the amino acid Taurine and it made some interesting patterns too.

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Amazing photos!

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Love them all but the first one is great! Tis the season!

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=D> Very nice.
Just ordered some Taurine and will give it a try.
Thanks for sharing
Merry Christmas and happy new year. 😀

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Many thanks for the kind remarks.
Sumguy01 wrote:
Fri Dec 18, 2020 10:34 pm
=D> Very nice.
Just ordered some Taurine and will give it a try.
Thanks for sharing
Merry Christmas and happy new year. 😀
I did use Beta Alanine with the Taurine for the last two.

Happy Christmas! And a merry new year!

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:D Thanks for the tip.

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Very nice images especially the last ones. I got my Amino acids at a nutrition supplement shop called Popeyes, they only had one size large! They worked fine, but what I found is that the solvent you use is important - I ended up using 95% Ethanol (Clearview from liquor store) and water (1:1) and that gave me the best results. Heating the slide with solution of the amino acids briefly also helps. I hope to post an article on my web site in the near future with some of my experiments including different solvents, altering pH etc, I have been working on getting the "flowery crystals" which a few folks get with B-ala and L-Glutamine but unfortunately these folks don't share the details, but I will. I have also tried lidocaine because they were recommended in YouTube video but I couldn't get them to crystallize so I give up for now - anyone have tips on getting lidocaine to crystallized I would love to hear about it.

It is a nice video and the fellow told me he used 95% denatured ethanol as solvent, but it doesn't work in my hands - I tried melts, dried solutions etc.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxGrI9KW1eo

Cyrstals are perfect for shooting indoors during winter and that is what I have been doing for the past week since we had 30 cm of snow.
Nice to see lots of interest in crystals on this site - they are sometimes easy to produce, but getting really interesting patterns and consistent results is not.
But - they are fun to photograph and the colours are amazing.

Best wishes
Rob

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Thanks Rob,

I'm using 60% water 40% Ethanol, 4:1 Beta Alanine to Glutamine, flash freezing then heating.

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This is Glycine and L. Glutamine, the formations were much smaller, all of my photos above were using 4x and 10x objectives, this is using a 20x with coverslip.
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