Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Still Salty

I got some really nice cubes, almost 1/4" square, on this piece of paper I had suspended in a pint glass. I dyed the solution green, which didn't affect the salt as much as the paper itself. I broke these off and I'm currently using them with all the other crystals I grew as seeds for something more arranged. We'll see if that works out...

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


I couldn't wait any longer. I had to empty the French press filled with saline solution and see what I had. The bottom was filled with a layer of evenly spaced salt cubes or clusters thereof . These are about 1/8" on average, and can be use as "seed" crystals later on.
I really got excited about the steel wire structure I had suspended in the solution. There are dozens of perfectly cubic crystals growing right around the rusty wire! I like the rust, but I'm not sure yet how it's affecting the crystals. This form is definitely going back into a solution so these and more crystals can grow. The cubic crystals only grow within the liquid, not at the top where the water evaporates, leaving white powdery crystals. These cubic crystals are solid and translucent.

And here's the sugar crystal cluster formed in the bowl sitting on my workbench. These crystals are shaped like peaked rooftops.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Happy. Sad.

Opening night at Four Walls was amazing. For the first time, I showed my drawings to droves of a discriminating, responsive public. My friends and family came. Artists I spammed came. I sold a drawing, and many people wanted to know the details of my process and inspiration. Meanwhile, I was wondering where Kate was. She was taking Henry, our kitty, to the vet because she had lost weight over the past couple of weeks, and had been to the vet a week ago and sent home. They said she was fine, and they didn't know why she was so skinny, because they said they could tell she was eating. That week home she deteriorated. She became very lethargic and at times spacey, staring off into the distance. We waited too long. Kate had to put her to sleep during my opening, and I didn't know until I got home.