Browsing Archive: March, 2012

Chromium

Posted by sam labombard on Sunday, March 25, 2012,
Hello everyone.
I had the fortune to obtain a very large 99.999+ 17 pound Chromium target. The target has been used, and what is left is a very beautiful surface. the surface has the look of being sand blasted, or frosted. there is also an interesting wavy line running the length of this sample, The piece is long rectangle shape and thick. I will be posting photos but want to get a nice light for the pictures. These types of targets are used for optical industry. The Chromium is removed one at...
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New Selenium

Posted by sam labombard on Thursday, March 22, 2012,
Hello Everyone!
I wanted to share ahead about something I found that is pretty cool. A Selenium rectifier from the good old days, NOS!
The Selenium rectifier was used in radio transmision equipment, and contained Selenium, some old diodes also contain Selenium. Many old school electrical components have interesting contents, like Germanium transistors, crystal frequency standards, Carbon resistors, Tantalum and Niobium capacitors. There are many fun ways to get samples!. I always like to disas...
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Nickel from space!

Posted by sam labombard on Tuesday, March 20, 2012,
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I just made a small deal to receive a polished slab of meteorite with Pallasite. This piece is really cool, it is made of Iron and Nickel.There is crystals of olivine  and peridot within the piece, the slab looks like super shiny Swiss cheese with gem stones. I am excited and might have to take some Gold coins and melt them down and make a necklace of this awesome piece. The Piece comes from the mid west and was a meteor thought to hit earth 20,000 years or so ago. I have been ...
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New Samples!

Posted by sam labombard on Saturday, March 17, 2012,

Hello Everyone!
Today I added photos of new samples, A 5 Kilo 80mm 99.2% pure Titanium rod with precision cuts! This element photo is a nice addition to the gallery. 2 elements on the periodic table Tantalum  and Tungsten are next to each other, and I added evaporation wire and spark plug of Tungsten. New capacitor foil of Tantalum I have a lot of extra foil!.
A very interesting piece is a sealed Airco Argon globe. This photo show the element Argon in a vintage blown glass bulb, with the glass...


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Science of maple syrup

Posted by sam labombard on Thursday, March 15, 2012,
Hello everyone,
I live in Vermont and this time of year when the weather is warm in the sun, and cold at night we make maple syrup. I did this last year for the first time, and I had a great time realizing the interesting mechanics of  how it is done. First of course you need maple trees, Lots O maple trees!  We drill a hole into the tree trunk, about 4-5 feet off the ground, the hole is 7/16th and about 1.5 inches deep, at a slight upward angle. Then we install a tap, which is a hollow metal ...
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Various new stuff

Posted by sam labombard on Thursday, March 15, 2012,
Hello Everyone.
I wanted to write a little about some new stuff ! I have new Silver in native crystalline state. I have new Tungsten evaporation wires and plan to "light on up" to see it glowing. I have a new pile of Tantalum foil and sheet scraps over 1 pound!  A recent bid on Cesium nitrate went well, and so did an offer for a vintage Argon bottle made of glass from Airco. I have been browsing for deals and some have been popping up, I feel asleep at the keyboard on a very nice Radium kit fo...
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IodineVapor and Selenium samples

Posted by sam labombard on Saturday, March 10, 2012,
Hello everyone.
I just uploaded new photos of the long awaited Iodine experiment. I have taken 2 grams of pure Iodine crystals and vaporized them in a 11000ml flask with a blowtorch. the result was a beautiful violet gas, and some bonus crystalline structures on the nipple of the vent piece.
I have some new Selenium in red allotrope powder form, I still have not received a packet with the elusive red Selenium crystals, but I have found a new chemist friend who works with exotic compounds, you c...
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Heavy elements

Posted by sam labombard on Tuesday, March 6, 2012,
Hello everyone,
I wanted to let everyone know I am packing up my equipment and samples until I move in to my new place. I will have a nicer place for my lab!
So I wanted to respond back for Radium, sorry I didn't follow up right away. Radium is one of the unstable elements, extracted from Uranium ore. Radium is scarce, and seven tons of Uranium ore will produce 1 gram of the metal. Radium in metal form is a white alkaline earth metal. related to Calcium, strontium and Barium. Radium is more th...
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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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