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solomon levi
12-13-2012, 05:31 AM
This was an old idea i had a while back with some old pics that I thought
I might as well share in case anyone finds it interesting.

If I recall correctly, this particular mixture uses an iron-rich red clay and some porous volcanic
typr rocks which also seemed iron-rich that i found in the gardening center of a Wal-mart and
wanted to use for alchemy somehow - so these made up my "terrain". You can see I molded
some clay into stalagmites because I wanted some areas to dry before others so I could
see what salts formed. So depending on what kind of solution you want to water your little
cave with, you may grow some useful things. This was based on the idea of the limestone
grotto producing nitre, but done more spagyrically. You may try adding acids or alkalis or
sulfurous matter to try to make vitriol... your imagination is the limit. Of course with the iron
clay, you'll be determining things towards that. You may try other earths. I just wanted to share
the idea and you can put it towards whatever goal.

So I added solutions and they would dry and make salts and I would add some more down the
sides of the vessel so as not to dissolve anything that had already started. These pics show a progression:

http://i28.servimg.com/u/f28/12/78/17/61/th/pict0723.jpg (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=368&u=12781761)

http://i28.servimg.com/u/f28/12/78/17/61/th/pict0724.jpg (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=369&u=12781761)