Having already written about the benefits of colloidal silver, I will now outline how to make colloidal silver by making a colloidal silver generator at home. There are numerous places online to purchase colloidal silver generators, but that is not necessary as the procedure is sufficiently simple to be suitable for a junior high lab experiment.
There are two key elements in the process, which most expensive generators are designed to accomplish. One is to maintain a constant current because as the electrolysis procedure introduces increasing concentrations of silver ions and sub-microscopic silver particles to the water it becomes more conductive.
If you do not control the current it will thereby increase and the process will “run away.” This will result in particles much larger than the ideal 40 to 50 nanometers. You will know if the procedure goes too far because the colloidal silver will take on a yellow hue.
To avoid the complexity of wiring a resistor into a circuit with AA batteries and save money I use a battery charger from a defunct cordless phone. It has 120V input and a constant 500 milliampere (1/2 Amp) current at 9 volts. This is ideal for a home setup.
If you don’t have one they are easy to come by at a garage sale or if need be Radio Shack, or The Source if you live north of the border. You will also need some alligator clips so if you need to go to the store you can also grab those.
The second key element in the process is to provide agitation to the water during the electrolysis. Some of the expense in the advertized, rather overpriced generators, is attempted to be justified by claims of the generator’s design to accomplish this automatically.
Having read of suggestions to stir the water by hand during the process makes it clear why some people would prefer just to buy a machine. When I make a batch of colloidal silver it takes roughly 8 hours. That is a lot of stirring!
The simple, inexpensive solution is to purchase an air pump for aquariums at Walmart for about 10 bucks. This type of water aeration is ideal for producing quality silver colloids! Just make sure you keep the little pump on a level above the vessel you do the electrolysis in so as not to get a “shocking” surprise.
Here is a list of the equipment that I use:
9 volt, 500mA battery charger (or somewhere in a range near these values)
1 quart wide mouthed mason jar (or similar glass vessel)
Laser pointer (I purchased mine as a pet toy from the Dollar Store)
Small piece of wood to fit across top of vessel
4 small alligator clips
A couple of nails to hold 2 alligator clips to wood
Electrical wire strippers (or a utility knife)
Obviously, a hammer or something to embed the nails in the wood
Small aquarium pump
2 pieces of 99.99% pure silver
Distilled water (Important: The purer the water the better and safer the colloidal silver)
Switched surge protector (not absolutely necessary, but very handy and commonly owned)
A word about the silver. I went to a Canadian bank that sells silver coins from the Canadian mint, which is well known internationally as a reliable source of pure silver. The shipping per coin was more than half the price of the coin! It was explained to me that armored vehicles were a part of the cost.
I purchased mine from Canada Post and the delivery was included in the price. For anyone outside of Canada you may be subject to taxes and duties by your own government. Coin shops are another option if reputable. There are companies online that sell silver wire for making colloidal silver but, having never dealt with them, I cannot properly vouch for any of them.
Drive 2 small nails into the side of the wood about 2 inches apart and in the middle to hold 2 alligator clips. Cut the 9 volt plug off the end of the wire coming from the 120 volt charger and strip 1/2 inch of plastic sheathing off the ends of the wire. I used wire strippers, but if you don’t have any a utility knife will suffice if you are careful.
Crimp an alligator clip onto the end of each of the bared wires. It is not necessary but, if you have the equipment, the clips will be better secured if you also solder them to the wire. Grab the edge of the coins (or silver wire) with the wired alligator clips and dangle them from the 2 clips nailed to the wood. Now, this is where the clips on the wood come in handy, especially if you are using coins.
You do not want the alligator clips to come in contact with the water. Else-wise you will get some nasty impurities electrolyzed along with the silver. Colloidal silver may be taken internally, on occasion, as a super antibiotic, so you want it to be as pure as possible.
So, using the alligator clips on the wood dangle the coins into the distilled water making sure the clips are not in contact with the water. Plug the pump and battery charger into the surge protector. Elevate the pump above the water level and put the plastic air tube into the vessel.
Now, you can throw the switch and start the process. Having read a number of procedures that said it takes a couple of hours, when I made my first batch I checked it every hour. After making a few batches and seeing it actually, with my setup, takes roughly 8 hours I now begin testing at 7 hours.
The test is a simple one using the Tyndall effect, which is the scattering of light by particles in a colloid or even a fine suspension. This is where the laser pointer comes in handy. Turn off the equipment and take the wood and coins out of the jar.
Take the jar into a semi-dark room and shine the laser through the jar and liquid. If you can see the stream of light through the liquid you have colloids. With colloidal silver too much is not good. When I reach a point where I can see the laser beam in a semi-dark room I generally run it for about another hour.
My personal test is passed when I can see the beam in a light, but not brightly lit room against a dark background. Viola, you now have your own homemade super external and internal antibiotic! I stockpile mine just in case. We live in troubled times and I feel it is a prudent thing to have on hand!
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