“Needles of lime.”
A mineral, citric acid. Citric acid crystals.

“Needles of lime” are crystals of citric acid embedded in the red stain saffarinin. The image, like all the mineral images shown here were photographed between crossed polaroid filters. This was originally magnified 200 times.

“Crystaline Feathers.”

mineral, citric acid.

“Crystaline Feathers” was photographed at x200 magnification. The citric acid was mixed with another stain, Van Gieson’s stain which contains picric acid. I think, based on seeing the patterns that picric acid crystals sometimes forms that is mainly picric acid.



“Crystal Shore on a Far Away Place.”

Crystal Shore

Picric acid and acid fuschin, which form Van Gieson’s stain which is used to stain tissues containing collagen such as ligaments.
A possible view from a exoplant. Can you see the hooks that seem like strange gates, perhaps ruins from ancient an civilisation.

“Three Choirs of Angels Doing Battle with the Fallen”

MIneral, citric acid

Slides of crystals often have fascinating shapes and forms and occasionally we can project some meaning to these. Here the first interpretation might be some fallen (red coloured) angels doing battle with three choirs of angels from above; or perhaps that’s lightning with fairies beneath. One is only limited by imagination.

“Shiva dancing the Ananda Tandava”

Shiva. Citric acid crystals.

To me the two central citric acid crystals look like dancing angels or perhaps Shiva performing the Ananda Tandava, the dance of bliss. Traditionally Shiva dances with a personifcation of the river ganges, perhaps the small crystal by his side.

“Purple Volcanoes on Exoplanet.”

Purple volcanoes on exoplanet

Crystalised picric acid and acid fuschin, a histological stain used to stain collagen fibres (e.g. tendons). Taken, as is normal with crystals, using transmitted polarised light at x 200.

Of course it could also be Hades which would tie in nicely with the Three Choirs of Angels doing Battle with the Fallen. Maybe the fallen have come from here…

Not far from this (same slide, just along from the purple volcanoes) are,

“Metal Falls on Exoplanet.”

Metal Falls On Exoplanet


“The Crystal City”

The Crystal City Perhaps the abode of the Queen of Crystal Trees. Acid fushin and picric acid. Taken using polarised light at my favourite magnification, x200.


“The Interplaner Tree”

Ammonium sulfate “The Interplaner Tree” is made from Ammonium Sulfate which was heated to 243 degrees Celsius to melt it. It was then allowed to cool and crystallise. Some crystals have more than one refractive index, meaning light rays will travel along different paths through the crystal. The waves of the different rays interfere with each other creating beautiful colours like oil on water.

The dark parts of the image are faults, air, where separate crystals collide but do not tesselate.

“The Queen of the Crystal Trees.”
She can be printed up to 1.2m tall.
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Crystaline Tree. Ammonium sulphate.

On the crystal tree theme….

“Sugar Sculpture Number 1: Crystaline Tree on A Space Walk.”

The crystal tree is made via a slide prepared with saccharine crystals.

I like the slightly surreal nature of the image. Can you see the red/yellow eyes staring from green crystal face in the centre? Or the small figure walking, perhaps holding a tray, like a character from Mario platform game that has, perhaps, crashed?

“Sugar Sculpture Number 2: Prismatic Menhir”

Sugar Sculpture Number 2: Prismatic Menhir

Sugar Sculpture Number 2: Prismatic Menhir, saccharine crystals x200.

“Shock Of Colour. Ammonium sulphate.”

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“Sugar Sculpture Number 3: Fractured Butterfly”

More from a slide made using saccharine crystals. This one at x 200. Sometimes people in the crystal art world ( this is a fairly small world) refer to these colour contours as “Iron Butterfly”. This, along with the appearance, inspired the name.

Fractured Butterfly


Its not just crystals that have beautful colours.

“Colourful Screw”

This is part of a colourful screw thread of a zinc passified crew. The screw is 10 mm wide and about 50mm long although the image is of about 8mm of its length. Taken with x4 fluor objective, total magnification was x80 and using regular reflected light.

Colourful Screw

Colourful Screw