Bismuth is a little known metal, and is scarcer than silver by half. In fact, there is currently only one mine in the world operated specifically for its extraction. I grow all of my own crystals from the molten state.
The crystals form under a crucible of liquid metal as it slowly freezes. They come out of the molten metal the color of silver. Then they "choose" their own colors over the next few seconds, sometimes minutes. They gradually change from silver to gold to purple to cerulean, etc. It's awesome to watch, and it never gets old! It stops on it's own accord.
Bismuth's weight is similar to silver's. As an artist, scientist and technician, I am perpetually entranced with this metal. It is the most diamagnetic metal on earth, and can cause a magnet to levitate without the consumption of any energy. It is stable, perpetual and breathtaking to watch. See my "Sculpture" section for the most beautiful example. It has the longest half life on any element, and is used in modern medicine. It is the only element that has been successfully transmuted into gold. (Search Nobel laureate Niels Seaborg of Berkeley University in California.)
So let's review. This amazing element defies gravity, heals the sick, creates order, yea even beauty out of chaos and is the only metal to fulfill the most sought after goal of alchemy. Can you understand my fascination. Haven't you developed your own?
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