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finishing the site

Posted by sam labombard on Tuesday, February 5, 2013,
Hi Everyone,
after a long 6 months away I have vowed to finish this site and devote time to the elements for dorks. I have had a few emails asking me to get back to it, thank you guys. Moving to a new house and haveing my son in school has been a big distraction. My son Nelson has been enjoying school and brings in samples to share in his K-1 class. Nelson and I will build a small display and I will include real samples to donate to his school. Hopefully some kids will find inspiration. I am h...
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Im back!

Posted by sam labombard on Friday, July 13, 2012,
Hello Everyone!
I finally have moved into my new home, and now I have settled in, I can blog again. I have a very nice area for my lab, and setting up all the toys.  Not many new element finds right now. but starting saturday I will back on the hunt. My house is set next to a brook which is said to have Gold. I have not found Gold yet but will keep on trying. 
I managed to set up some HV equipment, and produced Ozone to help combat issues with a smelly basement, O3 is a simple to create isotope...
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Lab set up soon!

Posted by sam labombard on Sunday, May 20, 2012,
Hello everyone.
Wow what a busy month! I am officially buying a new house, and its hectic at work and at home. I have all my samples packed away for now, but excited knowing with in 60 days I will have a nce new permanent lab to work with. I can soon work with samples, and experiment, and take better photos. I know some of you out there were probably wondering what has happened. I have just been too busy and unable to keep up with my passion for the elements. Soon I will be able to work with a...
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Element hunting

Posted by sam labombard on Saturday, April 28, 2012,
Hello Everyone!
Spring is here, and people all around are having yard sales. When I have a few extra hours and dollars I like to check out yard sales for interesting items. Old microscopes and chem labs, oddities people have no clue what it is may be a treasure for a dork like myself. I have recently found a nice old sears microscope in the case, fully intact for 3.00, I also found a magnetic "rock" someone had in a thumbnail mount, label said NWA, I would bet that is genuine meteorite materia...
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New finds

Posted by sam labombard on Thursday, April 5, 2012,
Hello Everyone!
Sorry Its been a while since writing. I have had a bit of difficulty with the net and Yola, Hopefully that is solved! as the time went by I managed to obtain some choice samples. 300Grams of 99.99 Molybdenum plate with a nice rainbow of color from the piece's past use. I have also bought a very inexpensive item, a seized molecular vacuum motor with nice blades, I am working on this now, I plan on building a vacuum chamber to do work with rare earth elements! I have a nice chunk...
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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,
Hello everyone!
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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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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