Browsing Archive: February, 2012

Great new crystals.

Posted by sam labombard on Wednesday, February 29, 2012,
Hello everyone.
I just uploaded new pictures of some great crystal metal samples. I made a trade and received Vanadium crystals, Osmium Crystals, Germanium crystals, Chromium and Selenium crystals, and finally some fluffy white Silver crystals. The Crystals were grown with gas vapor deposition methods, and from a fellow element collector in Italy. he crystals are ultra pure samples, and display natural behaviors of each element.  Check them out  on the pages!
Take care!

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Unstable heavy elements

Posted by sam labombard on Wednesday, February 29, 2012,

Hello everyone!
Recently I was asked about collecting radioactive and other hazardous elements. I have some small samples of the elements in question. Part of the question was "is it possible to obtain a radio sample?" the other part of the question is about handling and storage, and which types of samples are "more dangerous".

first lets talk about  the most well known radio-element Uranium, getting a legitimate sample is as easy as going to an antique shop. Uranium can be found in Vaseline g...


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Fun with magnets

Posted by sam labombard on Monday, February 27, 2012,
Hello everyone!

I was hanging around the house today with my 4.5 year old son, and we were playing with some magnets. My son loves to play with magnets, and he is quite good at explaining what is happening for his age. I gave him a 3/8" NIB magnet, (Neodymium-Iron-Boron)  which is quite powerful, and a jar with magnetite and water. When Magnetite is in water a strong magnet can create some fascinating magnetic field structures. when more than one magnet is employed it can get really fun. My so...

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New photos and progress

Posted by sam labombard on Saturday, February 25, 2012,
Hello everyone!.
I have managed to get the new photos of ore samples loaded up, new mineral samples, and new pure element samples. I used various Uranium and Thorium ore samples to depict heavy rare elements such as Actinium, Astatine, Protactinium, and Radon. I also loaded some new minerals Boron, Vanadium, Calcium, Mercury.
New elements include Uranium, Thorium, and Tantalum!!!
I plan on buying a new manual focus camera and someday will retake photos of all the elements samples of the collect...
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New compounds

Posted by sam labombard on Wednesday, February 22, 2012,
Hello everyone!

After a long weekend with limited Internet, I am excited to get back to the elements for dorks web site!
I have some new additions posted. New Americium photos.  New Polonium Uranium, Thorium, Technetium, and Actinium pictures. I have found a nice set of Tantalum crucibles finally and I am soon planing to load those pictures as well. 
 
The new compounds I have are Uranium Hydrates. they are fantastic samples in gram or less size. sealed and labeled from a reliable dealer on EBay....

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Coal and Carbon

Posted by sam labombard on Tuesday, February 14, 2012,
Hello everyone!

Today I uploaded a few new element pictures of rocks and minerals. I got my hands on a really fascinating coal sample called peacock coal. the rock has a interesting texture and colors. Coal is a sedimentary rock of fixed carbon from long dead bio material like peat. Back in the day plant life grew for millions of years in fair climates. Carbon in the atmosphere fueled massive growth of these plants, which fixed tons Carbon. Carbon is fixed when it is trapped in the organic mat...
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Element samples in minerals

Posted by sam labombard on Monday, February 13, 2012,
Hi everyone!

I was just talking to a collector friend about using mineral samples for element displays. Some people collect elements in different ways. I know one collection of elements used in spark plugs, and other ones used in goods bought in common stores. It is fun to look at different ways to collect the elements. I like pure samples, and go to great length to get them. Pure samples can get pricey, especially when you want big samples. Oxides and compounds are also fun to collect, some o...
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Cool compounds

Posted by sam labombard on Saturday, February 11, 2012,
Hello everyone.
Just wanted to update everyone on the new compounds I have on the way! I have some nice U sulfate, U Fluoride, Th Carbonate, and U Oxalate on the way. These exotic compounds will soon be shown in the element collection gallery pages.
I have a few small minerals in the works too, borax to represent Boron element. Native Copper nuggets that will make awesome photos of the Copper element. Finally I will have the rare earth mineral xenotime photos up soon. One of my collector friend...
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New photos!

Posted by sam labombard on Thursday, February 9, 2012,
Hello everyone!
I just added new photos of cool elements for all the collectors and students who visit my site. Today I received a small package with various elements. Dysprosium in a nice chunk form. I photographed beautiful Thulium and Lutetium samples. These elements are scarce!. I also got my hands on Scandium element, which I added to the collection of pictures. I have also collected element Tungsten, and Vanadium. The Vanadium sample had some corrosion, but still made a great picture. Th...
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First week

Posted by sam labombard on Tuesday, February 7, 2012,
Hello everyone!

The elements for dorks is now LIVE!

This is my very first blog ever, and the first week live for the elements for dorks website. I am excited to have the site on the web. My goal is to complete the first 100 elements on the periodic table, (I am getting very close) and share information about the elements. I will eventually replace some photos with new photos or photos of new samples. The elements for dorks is a free site you can visit when ever you need to read about or see pho...
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About Me


Hi! I'm Sammy, This is my blog for my site, The Elements for Dorks. I am here to show photos my own element collection, and maybe share some useful information. I am happy to build the Free element photo gallery and information site. I have a passion for certain hobbies, I like High Voltage, and build Tesla coils, Marx generators, Van De Graff, Whimehurst, Voltage multipliers, and other fun stuff, I had my first microscope at 11, and my first chemistry set at 12. other than the elements, I collect empire coinage, marbles, rocks tattoos and whatever weird stuff comes along. I have a Industrial science degree in Marine Propulsion Technology. I enjoy tinkering so working with engines, wires, and fiberglass is just fun for me. I have worked as a boat electrician, and fuel and ignition tech on OMC outboards (Johnson and Evinrude) at a warranty service shop. I also have worked as an activities director in a high acuity convalescence facility in Florida. A few fun things I have done is create a couple educational puzzles, and also I enjoy woodworking and painting. Thanks for stopping by!

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