Crystallized Bacteria: for stained glass, jewellry, bioart sequins and spectacle lenses

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Bacteria are grown in the lab on media containing nutrients and water, which is converted into a firm gel by the addition of agar. The media feels quite solid to the touch and provides a good surface for bacterial growth despite comprising 98.5% water. When this water is carefully removed, the agar and the bacteria form a thin transparent film in which the agar has become a glassy state and the bacteria embedded within it forming a novel bio-crystalline state. These forms retain the essence of the originating bacteria, but as they are inactivated by the process, they are safe, and make ideal embellishments and accessories for arts projects of all kinds.

5 thoughts on “Crystallized Bacteria: for stained glass, jewellry, bioart sequins and spectacle lenses

    • Thanks Emily. I’ve never tried fungi but I would have thought that some fluoresce. Some algae fluoresece a blood red colour, it’s to do with the chlorophyll in the them. Best wishes, Simon

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