If you are wondering what these colourful crystals are, they are geodes. These are spherical-shaped rocks that form within sedimentary and volcanic rocks. They are mostly round with different sizes varying from a tennis ball to a softball.
Though they appear as heavy rocks, they are hollow from the inside. The inner part of these rocks is lined with masses of mineral matters that are mostly crystals. If you break open these ordinary-looking rocks, you will be amazed to find shimmery-coloured crystals.
How are they formed?
The name Geodes is derived from the Greek word Geodes, which means “earth-like.” They are created in the hollow areas of soil, like tree roots and animal burrows. Sometimes, they form in the volcanic rocks. They naturally pick up various minerals, including quartz, amethyst, and calcite. Gradually, they harden into an outer shell creating the geodes.
Where do you find them?
Geodes are mostly found in volcanic ash beds, areas with plenty of limestones, and deserts. Just like how every fingerprint is different, every geode is unique in its shape, size, and colour.
What if we tell you that you can make these colourful crystals within a few days?
Now, let’s learn how to make geode crystals using just four materials.
Steps for DIY Geode
You can make the geode shell in two ways:
The eggshell/the Plaster of Paris mold will be the geode shell for your crystals.
Crystals are not only used for ornamental purposes. Look around you and you can find crystals everywhere – from snow to sugar and salt. Isn’t that amazing?
The world is full of surprising elements that come in tiny little shapes and sizes. All you need to do is keep exploring and keep learning!
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