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Suggested media to clean brass part (water soluble)
My vote is for Epsom salt. Other options might be baking/washing soda (if they weren't so soft), and ...
22-10-2019 at 18:35
by: elementcollector1
Making Potassium metal by distillation with Al and KOH
Improper mixing, maybe? Though the aluminum would also be molten at that point...

What was your s ...
15-10-2019 at 07:40
by: elementcollector1
Graph info to find correlation
In practice, this is generally done by setting your third variable to a constant (e.g. '5 miles walk ...
12-10-2019 at 14:00
by: elementcollector1
So what actually are not allowed in whimsy?
Things that are outside the radius of the Earth-Sun system.

More seriously, in my experience, it' ...
12-10-2019 at 13:54
by: elementcollector1
Making Pinchbeck Brass
Latest attempt on the bottom right - pure aluminum hobby wire and the usual copper scrap. Took a dif ...
10-10-2019 at 13:41
by: elementcollector1
Making Pinchbeck Brass
We've since moved on to aluminum bronze, so the Cu/Zn phase diagram isn't exactly helpful anymore. H ...
28-9-2019 at 07:25
by: elementcollector1
Making Pinchbeck Brass
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One question (my idle curiosity); have you trie ...
26-9-2019 at 18:45
by: elementcollector1
Making Pinchbeck Brass
Run 2, this time with a pre-melted aluminum button and the same copper welding electrodes. Noticeabl ...
25-9-2019 at 15:58
by: elementcollector1
Making Pinchbeck Brass
Decided to give this a try of my own, with some interesting results...

For starters, I went with ...
25-9-2019 at 10:36
by: elementcollector1
Pt & Pd available in 1g increments for very decent prices
What form? Sponge, bullion, ingot?
31-7-2019 at 10:56
by: elementcollector1
Looking for 1-3gr of platinum for a reasonable price
Only Pt sample I have is a small wire in an ampoule (considering I just looked up the spot price, th ...
28-7-2019 at 21:18
by: elementcollector1
Stores in/near buffalo
Try fish/pet stores for potassium permanganate (aka Condy's crystals, permanganate crystals, etc.)
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26-7-2019 at 10:19
by: elementcollector1
The most useful three things in my lab
For me, it'd be:

-Furnace
-Vacuum chamber
-Pliers

Then again, I mostly do high-temperature i ...
22-7-2019 at 10:58
by: elementcollector1
Uranium powder found among other oddities in OK traffic stop
[rquote=617587&tid=151855&author=fusso][rquote=617582&tid=151855&author=Loptr]You ar ...
21-7-2019 at 14:28
by: elementcollector1
Future-gazing: available now, restricted tomorrow?
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I was teaching a parent a couple years ago abo ...
12-7-2019 at 17:30
by: elementcollector1
Buying Endecott Test seives - questions about metal compatibility & best models - anyone near Purdue Uni in Indiana?
I'm about to move pretty close to Purdue (within driving distance, at any rate). How heavy do you ex ...
10-7-2019 at 22:14
by: elementcollector1
Nd & Fe oxalates
A few months alone won't do much to Fe (II) oxalate - it needs to be actively oxidized. I left my ox ...
24-6-2019 at 15:25
by: elementcollector1
What is the white impurity in my boron?
If it's boron from Nd magnets, the white stuff is a mix of RE and Fe compounds (in my case, it was s ...
19-6-2019 at 23:09
by: elementcollector1
Does anyone have a homemade H2 generator or advice on makong a simple setup?
Homemade H2 generators aren't terribly hard unless you want high output. A simple concept is electro ...
18-6-2019 at 21:19
by: elementcollector1
Electrolytic production of NaOH from salt water - Troubleshooting
If you're in the Seattle area, there's a hardware store in West Seattle that has exactly what you're ...
12-6-2019 at 22:45
by: elementcollector1
Lithium metal from LiOH
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2 minutes to write a post and then waite ...
4-6-2019 at 16:18
by: elementcollector1
Stainless steel fell from the sky 400years before it was invented
'In nature' is a bit of a shaky term in this case. Meteorites are quite often iron-nickel alloys (wi ...
3-6-2019 at 08:02
by: elementcollector1
Carbon nanotubes?
Been looking into this a bit more, and this looks promising:

https://arxiv.org/pdf/1007.1062.pdf
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15-5-2019 at 11:07
by: elementcollector1
Carbon nanotubes?
For a materials science application involving optically transparent electrical conductors, I find my ...
14-5-2019 at 23:28
by: elementcollector1
Reduction of Sodium using organic solvent
Propylene carbonate is a good one to start with IMHO, though you should make sure both your solvent ...
3-5-2019 at 19:02
by: elementcollector1
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