Make Your Own Crystals - quickly with Epsom salts

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This project uses hot tap water, not boiling water, so it's safer for young crystal growers. Place the crystal solution in the refrigerator and get sparkly needle-like crystals within a few minutes to a few hours. It's that easy!        1/2 cup Epsom salt      1/2 cup hot tap water      food coloring (optional)  instructions here:  http://chemistry.about.com/od/crystalrecipes/ht/cupofcrystals.htm

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