Crystals are seen growing through time lapse photography.
Introductory intertitle reads: "Many chemicals, changing from liquid to solid, form crystals. A wire suspended in salt water soon becomes encrusted."
M/S showing a crystal on a string being placed in a vase of salt water. C/U of the vase showing how the crystals form - image badly decomposed. The crystal is lifted out of the water.
"Merely dull looking crystals, but the microscope reveals a scene of beauty as crystallisation begins." Microscopic footage of crystals growing through timelapse. "Like cut diamonds, bichloride of mercury crystals" - timelapse photography of crystals growing. "The photographers' friend - 'H.Q.' (Hydroquinone)." More crystals grow seen through timelapse.
"While metol, another useful friend arrives with all the splendour of the northern lights" - crystals appear to grow from bottom left of screen.
This is one of the NFTVA prints made from our decomposing nitrate.