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Nitric


#1

Where can one find nitric acid. They don’t have it in the local
hobby shop. Probably because if you dissolve certain substances
in the stuff, they become explosive. Waiting with baited breath.

Marshall T. Jones
@Marshall_Jones


#2
Where can one find nitric acid.  They don't have it in the local
hobby shop. Probably because if you dissolve certain substances
in the stuff, they become explosive.  Waiting with baited breath.

I picked some up at a Battery business, ones that do car and
truck batteries though it is a mild mixture it may work for you.


#3

Where can one find nitric acid. They don’t have it in the local
hobby shop. Probably because if you dissolve certain substances
in the stuff, they become explosive.

Sarcasm noted. I mentioned I had used it as a bright dip some
years ago, and at that time it was available – with considerable
paperwork – from some pharmacies. I suspect it is still
available in training school settings. Not having any current
need I haven’t looked into the current regulations, but suspect
they are stringent. But I’ll soon be needing some sulphuric acid
as well as sodium cyanide eggs. Ideas anyone?

Rick Martin
MARTIN DESIGNS


#4

I purchase reagent strenght nitric acid from a chemical supply
store for schools and small labs here. The companies name is
COSCO. I am in denver colorado. But you might find someone local
for you if you check for chemical suppliers.

Joe B.


#5

I ordered a pint of reagent grade Nitric acid from Virgina Lab
Supply 10470 C Wilden Dr. Ashland, VA 23005. I was amazed at how
easy it was to just call them up and order. They sent it COD in a
couple of days. Sorry, don’t have their number. I forgot how much
I paid but it was pretty cheap.

Jim Waggener


#6

need I haven’t looked into the current regulations, but suspect
they are stringent. But I’ll soon be needing some sulphuric acid
as well as sodium cyanide eggs. Ideas anyone?

Most jewelers supplies will carry sodium and potassium cyanides.
Try Gesswein. Sulfuric acid is available as battery acid. My
local jewelers supply carries nitric acid. Purchase does require
a signature.

Bruce D. Holmgrain E-mail: Manmountaindense@Knight-Hub.com WWW:
http://www.knight-hub.com/manmtndense/bhh3.htm Snail Mail: POB 7972,
McLean, VA 22106


#7

Hi Rick-
I have what I believe to be cyanide eggs in a brown jar in my
basement. No label- part of the stuff left in with my father in
laws stuff when he died.(He was a chemist) will cheer fully
donate, ( in unmarked box!!!) LOL Anne Stickney


#8

Marshall Jones wrote:
Many years ago I couldn’t buy nitric anywhere reasonably in
small quantities. I had to go to a chemical company and purchase
15 gallons in a stainless steel drum. The cost of the acid was
very reasonable, (a few dollars a gallon)the drum deposit was
quite a bit more. Nine years later I still have a supply of
nitric, but I’ll probably have to get a refill soon. Buying in
bulk certainly saved on the pharmaceutical grade I had gotten
before. Some chemical companies sell 1 gallon jugs of nitric, but
not all do. When I lived in New Mexico I used to buy it locally
from IJS.

Kenneth Gastineau
@Kenneth_Gastineau1


#9

Ann:

I appreciate your generosity (?) – ;). But when you find out
what’s involved in shipping the stuff (and the penalties for
shipping it unmarked!!) you won’t be laughing any longer.
Shipping regulations that went into effect several years ago have
made cyanide virtually unobtainable from jewelry supply houses
(although I haven’t checked with Gesswein yet, as Bruce Holmgrain
suggested). My main suppliers have discontinued many “old
reliable” products. The “no label” part of your deal’s a little
worrisome, as well. Who knows, there could be something really
dangerous in there! :slight_smile: Do you happen to live in the Los Angeles
area? Maybe I could pick it up, depending on location.

Rick Martin
MARTIN DESIGNS


#10

Well, I think you’re making the shipping question bigger than it
ought to be. I order cyanide solutions on a regular basis from
Rio and Swests. Sure you have to pay an addtional hazmat charge,
but thats understandable. If you are an established business with
the appropiate fed Id’s and state resale #'s this is not a
problem.

Jim Waggener


#11

actually, I was kidding. I know I can’t ship the stuff. But
having it in my house doesn’t thrill me either. Unfortunately,
we don’'t have those “hazardous waste” pickup days that some
communities have. I’m 90% certain that it’s cyanide- what else
comes in little eggs 1/4 or 1/3 inch long??? Plating is NOT
something I ever aspire to do- my brother had a friend who died,
using that process to get silver out of used photo chemicals.
Baaaaaad stuff.

Anne Stickney


#12
I'm 90% certain that it's cyanide- what else
comes in little eggs 1/4 or 1/3 inch long????? 

Doesn’t sound like cyanide to me. Cyanide eggs usually measure
about an inch long by 3/4" wide, and are chalky. BTW, cyanide
gets REALLY dangerous when mixed with an acid solution
(hydrochloric etc…), producing hydrocyanic gas, the same stuff
they use in the gas chamber. I’ve handled cyanide for years in
the form of plating and stripping solutions, bombing, etc… and
to my knowledge have never suffered any adverse effects. Just the
same, I began steering away from use of any poisonous substances
when my kids were born on the off chance that they could possibly
get into it. Lots of chemicals come in egg and flat oval shapes,
could be one of many different things… I used to buy potassium
hydroxide is shapes like that… You might simply consider giving
it to your local pharmacist, he might dispose of it for you.


#13

Well, I think you’re making the shipping question bigger than it
ought to be. I order cyanide solutions on a regular basis from
Rio and Swests.

Jim:

I can get cyanide plating solutions too. I’m well familiar with
the hazmat regulations. I’m talking about sodium cyanide eggs
used for bombing and electrostripping. I’ve checked Swest , Rio,
Alpha and a number of other suppliers, and they don’t list it
although they did before the new regulations were in place.
Curious coincidence. I’d happily forgo using cyanide, but I’ve
had zero success with pre-mixed stripping solutions.


#14

Jim:

I don’t remember any discussion about cyanide solutions. We were
discussing cyanide eggs for “bombing” and electrostripping,
which I’ll be happy to order (with appropriate business I.D.)
from the companies you mention if you’ll just give me stock
numbers. I can’t seem to find them in my catalogs.


#15

I’m talking about sodium cyanide eggs
used for bombing and electrostripping. I’ve checked Swest , Rio,
Alpha and a number of other suppliers, and they don’t list it
although they did before the new regulations were in place.
Curious coincidence. I’d happily forgo using cyanide, but I’ve
had zero success with pre-mixed stripping solutions.

Sometime in the last six monthes, I bought potassium
cyanide(granular) from Gesswein. Sodium cyanide eggs I got from
’em a couple of years ago. Still have plenty. They also carry a
good stripping salt formula. Just fotta make sure to use it
plenty hot with good ventilation(also contains cyanide).

E-mail: manmountaindense@knight-hub.com WWW:
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