I have been trying to find some information on growing crystals at home
without having access to a laboratory. The only information I found was
usually about growing alum crystals or salt and sugar crystals.
Several years ago I was watching a TV show documentation which showed an
inventor who had grown a large Ruby, basically at home in some kind of
a solution. Since I am not a chemist I was always wondering how he was able
to disolve the aluminum oxide, since aluminum oxide is not water soluble.
So my question is, if it is possible to create a saturated (or almost saturated) aluminum oxide solution with some type of acid or if there is any other way to
create an aluminum oxide solution.
I obviously want to use this solution (if this is possible) to grow corundum crystals.
Any information would be helpfull.