Introduction: How to Make Zinc Sulfate and Copper Out of Home Products!

Ah, so ye' wants to make Zinc sulfate and Copper? Follow this step to step and ye shall know how to make them!

You will need:
Weed killer (Copper sulfate ONLY, nothing else, must be blue)
Zinc metal (Old batteries ect.)
Water,
A beaker or cup,
Patience.

You may need:
Something to HEAT the solution, not boil.

Step 1: Starting Off...

Add the Copper sulfate into water, unless the is using weed killer (already in water)
Stir thoroughly...

Step 2: Then Add...

Then add zinc into the solution.

Step 3: Just Wait

A reaction will occur, this MUST happen.
The reaction should be like the one in the pic.
The zinc is being covered in what appears to look like, "hair"!
That is your copper!
You can heat the solution to speed up your process, that is optional.

Step 4: Final Touches...

Your solution should be transparent, if not, add more zinc.
Now, filter off the copper from the zinc sulfate,
You now have what you desired!

Comments

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GriC1 (author)2017-06-16

Hi, can I use zinc oxide instead of battery to mix with copper sulphate?

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cnludwig (author)2014-01-29

Is this a cost effective way to get the zinc sulfate and the copper? Just curious if it would be cheaper to order these materials premade. Zinc from batteries is cheap, but I'm not sure what the weed killer costs for how much copper it produces. Thanks for the 'able.

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pfred2 (author)2012-06-12

I've ripped up some batteries recently. There wasn't much in them of any use. No zinc. What do you do with zinc sulphate anyways?

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mproncace (author)pfred22012-09-13

To make brass pennies, of course.

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