Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/11/01
>>From: Linda Reining Pitchford (64)


1. glass bowl - about 7" round and 3" deep
   (pie plate is best) 
2. broken piece of coal, porous brick, clay flower pot 
3. bluing (can be found in the laundry aisle) 
4. salt 
5. ammonia 
6. food coloring (she used blue) and water 

Place the broken piece of coal or other porous material in
the bowl to form the base for the "flowers".
1st Day: Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons water; 2
tabelspoons salt; and 2 tablespoons bluing.
2nd day: add 2 tablespoons of salt.
3rd day: pour into the bottom of the plate, BUT not on the
  2 tablespoons salt; 2 tablespoons water; 
  2 tablespoons bluing; and 2 tablespoons ammonia.

At this time, a few drops of food coloring can be dropped
on the base material.  To keep the "flowers" growing, keep
adding bluing, salt, and water.

Do not pour anything directly onto the formation, or it
will "melt".