Introduction: How to Make a Pocket Sized Colloidal Silver Generator.

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First I would like to give a bit of material on colloidal silver, but due to the controversial nature of this substance, I am not allowed to state what is said about colloidal silver. Liability issues and the terms of service agreement. Thank You for pointing that out Kiteman.

The only personal claim I will make is that it works for me, and I feel the need to help others find it also.

I will say that, from the first comments, research it thoroughly, YOURSELF.

This is an Instructable on how to make a colloidal silver generator that can slip into your pocket and make your own colloidal silver on the run. Plus it is inexpensive, and gives a good product that is inexpensive.

I will suggest that anyone interested in using colloidal silver to research the topic thoroughly, consult a physician, and read all the good and bad things before you make up your own mind.

I have entered a couple of links here - they are not the end authorities on the subject. Their credabilities may be flawed, for some - but it is a start.

Use at your own risk and good health to you if you chosse it, or not. (Pro) (Con) (Blueman - there do not seem to be many.) ( Part 1 of 13 - try to watch all if you can.)

Step 1: Gather the Parts.

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The parts for this Instructable have to come from a few different sources.

What you will need:

Distilled water. ( Any water will do as long as it is at least filtered, but distilled is best.)

Fine silver wire. This has to be 99.9% or 99.99% pure silver wire. This is getting pretty hard to find, even on the Internet. I ordered mine out of Mexico. Make sure it is pure 'fine' silver - some 'silver' doesn't even contain silver. Ask before you buy and if you still don't trust their word take it to a jeweller you know and trust. They can run a couple of tests on it to make sure. NO STERLING - the alloy of sterling is copper or nickel and colloidal nickel is not good for you in any way, shape, or form
ONLY 99.9% PURE FINE SILVER. Further on I will bring this up again, and again.

Some sort of connection block. ( You can use tape if you like)

9V battery connection. ( Buy new or out of an old toy. (Recycle #1))

Good 9V battery.

Old personal size water bottle. (Recycle #2)

Step 2: Hook It Up.

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Easy as pie.

First, you don't really need all the terminal blocks for just one generator, so take a sharp knife and cut two from the end of a string of 12. ( Mine was a 12 pole terminal block.) Now you should have a 2 pole terminal block.

Slide one 6" piece of 99.9% pure fine silver into the terminal block until it can be caught by the screw when the screw is tightened. Do the same with the second so that it is protruding the exact same length from the block on the same side of the block. ( see photo.) Tighten down the two screws to secure the wires in place.

Take the 9V battery connection and strip the wire ends so there is 3/8" bare on each wire. Fold the bare wire back at the mid-point of each bare section so there is a 3/16" double of bare wire. This will give the terminal block screw more to grip on to. Insert one wire into each of the poles on the terminal opposite the 99.9% pure fine silver wires. (see photo.)

This portion is optional as it depends on the container being used, but you can bend the wires slightly so the terminal block rests on the rim of the container, outside the container. (see photo in next step also.)

Step 3: Make Some Colloidal Silver.

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Now that you have the device, lets hook up the POWER!

Plug in the battery. Simple and easy.

A note here to never allow the two wires to come into contact with each other, or anything metal, when the battery is hooked up. It will short the battery and cause sparks.

Take a glass ( always glass - no plastic - no metal - just glass.) and fill it almost full of distilled water. Slide the 99.9% pure fine silver wires (I'll call them electrode from now on) into the water.

After a short time (15sec.) you will see bubbles form on the negative electrode and what seems like smoke will come from the positive electrode. This smoke-like material is silver being emitted into the water. About 0.0001 microns in size.

You will also notice that the positive electrode will start to tarnish, or turn blackish. No problem. Pull the electrodes from the water when you feel uncomfortable and wipe them off with a napkin, making sure not to allow them to touch each other. Now put them back in and continue to make colloidal silver.

You may notice that the positive electrode in the photo is getting thinner than the negative electrode. This device has about 40 hours on it with 14-AWG 99.9% pure fine silver wires. I am to the point where I will reverse the polarity of the electrodes by switching the location of the wires on the terminal block. The other electrode will than begin to emit the silver and tarnish.

The research I follow stated that this method and power should get me 1ppm (part per million) per minute of operation. I am sure that there are people will disagree, but this is what I go by because it works for me. So there.

I have heard that a strong dose is Tbsp of 5ppm per day. I have heard of 300 times that dose for years with no negative effects. You know you and yourself - you do what you are comfortable with. As long as it is 99.9% pure fine silver, I have heard of no deaths ever related to colloidal silver.

Step 4: Clean-up and Enjoy.

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After you have ran the device as long as you like, take the electrodes out of the water and wipe dry.

Disconnect the battery and stroke the electrodes with the scouring pad lightly to remove all the tarnish. Now the device is ready to use the next time.

Transfer the colloidal silver into a storage bottle.

Wash out your glass and store it away.

Enjoy your colloidal silver.

I should note here that the price of pre-made colloidal silver varies, as well as the strength and suggested dosages. One ad I saw sold a 16oz. bottle (2oz per dose) of 10ppm colloidal silver for $30.00. I have heard of $20.00 per oz.. Either way it is too expensive for something you can make for pennies per glass.

Also, for the electrodes: You can replace the electrodes with 99.9% pure fine silver ingots if you have them. Just make sure they do not touch each other and the silver is the only piece of metal in the water. If a clip is in the water, the metal from the clip, or solder will dissolve also, and that is bad.

As this is more a health product please research the topic thoroughly, before using colloidal silver. Use the Internet, consult your physician, and go to the library. It is your health and it should not be played with, unless you wish it to be. You may find yourself getting quite agitated with the medical establishment, as you find the uses for the product, and its abilities, but hey. They are doing what they are taught, just as so many of us do. But, how can we trust a student, when we can't trust their teachers? When is a student better than their teachers?

Philosophy, I missed my calling.

In the end it is yours, do what you like with it. Be safe.

Live Long and Prosper.


christmasangel (author)2011-08-13

This comment is about Kiteman below seeing if we know what ozone generators do, as well, and implying that ozone is bad for well as one other person stating they smoke and drink and are fine, so does that mean theyre both good for you.

A) Studies on SMOG which supposedly "proved" that ozone was bad, are simply WRONG. Ozone is a form of oxygen, and this same substance after it rains, is what keeps our planet sterile and not being overgrown with mold everytime it gets wet. OZONE in smog is one of a dozen different constituents, and to say because the toxins in smog make us ill, ozone must be the bad one of the bunch, is BUNK science. Ozone is medically proven to sterilize bacteria and our bodies use 4 lbs of oxygen versus 2 pounds of food per day; which is more important?

B) Alcohol kills many many germs. Alcohol in moderation is indeed, GOOD FOR YOU.

C) Studies on smoking, have included the 2000-3000 ADDITIVE chemicals that cigarettes are laden with - they are DIRTY TAINTED STUDIES.

D) Nicotine, when burned("oxidized"), is NO LONGER NICOTINE. It is NICOTINIC ACID, which is the pharmaceutical source of VITAMIN B. Nicotinic acid is GOOD FOR YOU. Nicotine levels, nicotine studies etc are therefore all BUNK as well -- it is not the nicotine but rather the 2000 EXTRA CHEMICALS which cause the ADDICTION. If you smoke ORGANIC ADDITIVE FREE cigs you will notice in one month that the awful craving has VANISHED. You must roll your own tho, as the most famous organic brand recently bought out by the virginia monopolies, now impregnates the PAPERS used in the pre-rolled versions, to "honestly" (not) state that the TOBACCO is additive free (whilst you smoke chemicals via the papers unbeknownst!)--

E) the nicotine studies only apply to people sucking, eating, or snuffing tobacco UNBURNT. Nicotine again, simply DOES NOT SURVIVE burning intact, and changes into NICOTINIC ACID, aka Vitamin B.

:) A Mensan Science Lover who doesnt watch Brainwash TV of any sort.

Mach5 (author)christmasangel2011-09-14

The french did a study that concluded smoking pure tobacco wasn't so bad, it was the additives that kill you.

Kiteman (author)Mach52012-09-19

[citation needed]

lucek (author)christmasangel2011-09-15

Sir they've done independent studies on Ozone. The fact is that it is highly oxidizing and can cause cellar death. The genetic fallacy you use is just wrong. Oxygen isn't automatically safe. further just because something has one good quality doesn't mean it is good for you. Molten iron protects us from the solar wind, doesn't mean you should take it internally.

strmrnnr (author)2009-04-13

I took out the claims: The following is a partial list of the more than 650 diseases that colloidal silver has been reputed to be successful against: acne, AIDS, allergies, appendicitis, arthritis, athlete's foot, bladder inflammation, blood parasites, blood poisoning, boils, burns, cancer, candida, cholera, colitis, conjunctivitis, cystitis, dermatitis, diabetes, dysentery, eczema, fibrositis, gastritis, gonorrhea, hay fever, herpes, impetigo, indigestion, keratitis, leprosy, leukemia, lupus, lymphangitis, Lyme disease, malaria, meningitis, neurasthenia, parasitic infections: viral, fungal and bacterial pneumonia, pleurisy, prostate, pruritus ani, psoriasis, purulent opthalmia, rhinitis, rheumatism, ringworm, scarlet fever, septic conditions of the eyes, ears, mouth, and throat, seborrhea, septicemia, shingles, skin cancer, staphylococcus and streptococcus infections, stomach flu, syphilis, thyroid, tuberculosis, tonsillitis, toxemia, trachoma, all forms of virus, warts, whooping cough, yeast infection, stomach ulcer, canine parovirus and other veterinary uses, and fungal and viral attacks on plants. If you are still pessimistic about it, try it on an old plant that is diseased. Just don't buy it if you have the material to make it. It costs way to much money to buy it.

Kiteman (author)strmrnnr2009-04-13

Two points:

> "reputed" is only close to "proof" if you rip a lot of pages out of the dictionary.

> testing it on a plant isn't even in the earliest stages of a medical trial - if you drink something because it's good for the roses, then there are miracle cures oozing out of compost heaps across the world.

rosewood513 (author)Kiteman2010-04-20

Why not see what is said by the US Paternt Office who patented this device.
try reading this if you can: But first remember if it is stated as a cure they would take this off the market because your friend FDA will not be getting the billions of dollars they strive so hard to get by keeping us well..  Actually you are worth money sick than well so we are not allowed to get will or they will lose theri allowances.
Also the Doctors (and i worked for many) Want to keep us "managably ill"   If we get better they lose customers.

As far as the blue thing, There are millions of people who take it in proper amounts and have only had good things happen, me included, I no longer have lupus.
Colloidal Silver is an antibiotic, if those people that turned blue abused the product, it is not supposed to be taken everyday for years.  That is what they said they did, and they rubbed it on the skin at the same time.

I wonder what would happen to you if you took a real antibiotic every day for ten or more years double and triple the dose ?  I think you probably die, I would rather be blue than DEAD.

Kiteman (author)rosewood5132010-04-21

The Patent Office will patent anything - it does not have to actually work (they patented a faster-than-light space ship powered by diodes for goodness' sake!)

How long did you have to take the silver before the lupus cleared up?

What other treatments were you also taking?

The comment about "managably ill" clearly shows where you are coming from here - I dare say your CS materials are filed next to the documentation for the 300mpg carburettor and the HHO Overunity generator...

rosewood513 (author)Kiteman2010-04-21

Why do you care or are you just someone that likes to argue.  This conversation is over. I will ignore any further replies from you.
Thanks you

Kiteman (author)rosewood5132010-04-21

I assume you'll read this: Since you asked questions, I presume you want answers.

I care because I object to people being taken in by woowoo.  Must be something to do with me being a science teacher.

strmrnnr (author)Kiteman2010-05-01

If you are  science teacher you should have the facility and equipment to test this on your own. And i say on your own because if you tell your co workers they will likely try to stop you, as you are me.

Take the time and try it in a petri dish and prove without a doubt to yourself. Also, remember to try and not sub-consciously sabotage your own experiments. Give it an honest go. Please.

Kiteman (author)strmrnnr2010-05-02

Please pay attention:

I have never stated that this method will not work to produce colloidal silver.

What I have been doing is pointing out the established facts: colloidal silver has no medical benefits, and instead causes cumulative, irreparable damage.

I also have particular problems with the wording of the last main paragraph of your write-up; you tell people to research the subject before putting their health at risk, then you tell them not to trust the people who know (and have properly checked) the facts of the matter.

The colloidal silver nonsense is a prime example of one of the more physically dangerous conspiracy myths.   I'll bet you have a Hulda zapper and an ozone generator as well...

Woodco (author)Kiteman2016-05-29

Well, here we are 6 years later and now it is common knowledge that colloidal silver is an excellent antibiotic and works on many of the 'drug resistant' infections. Even in your time, 2010 and decades earlier burn ointments and acne scrubs used infused silver for it's antibiotic properties. Are you afraid of it because it's not in the establishment's list of patented medicines? Are you so lazy you won't do a little easy research?

Kiteman (author)Woodco2016-05-30

That same "common knowledge" was also "common knowledge six years ago.

The basic biochemistry has not changed - silver kills bacteria on contact.

Let me quote another comment I made four years ago, which you seem to have missed:

Drinking a suspension of the colloidal form will, at best, harm a small
proportion of your natural intestinal fauna. It will have absolutely no
effect on infections in any other part of the body.

The many
claims of its effectiveness against diseases are only verifiable in
vitro, when the microbes can be forced into direct physical contact with
the particles of silver, much as they are in open wounds covered by
silver-impregnated band-aids, or sweaty skin dressed in
silver-impregnated clothing.

This is nothing to do with "fear", other than a broad concern that more and more people are falling for unverified claims for products that have not been subjected to any kind of rigorous testing, promoted by individuals or groups that have, for reasons best known to themselves, somehow decided that centuries of scientific progress can be completely ignored if you throw in words like "natural" or "holistic", or because somebody behind a keyboard is trying to make a few dollars off of somebody else's fears of properly-trained medical professionals.

Again, as I posted some time ago, the EPA has established that there is no lower level for colloidal silver toxicity - that is, there is no dose of colloidal silver that can be guaranteed to be safe for human consumption.

Tim Temple (author)Kiteman2012-01-02

Do you have any curiosity as to whether it actually kills bacteria and viruses? And does so safely? Obviously you like to experiment....

Here's a website to show CS's safety:

Kiteman (author)Tim Temple2012-01-02

Oh, I know that silver kills bacteria and viruses, but its on direct contact with the micro-organism.

Drinking a suspension of the colloidal form will, at best, harm a small proportion of your natural intestinal fauna. It will have absolutely no effect on infections in any other part of the body.

The many claims of its effectiveness against diseases are only verifiable in vitro, when the microbes can be forced into direct physical contact with the particles of silver, much as they are in open wounds covered by silver-impregnated band-aids, or sweaty skin dressed in silver-impregnated clothing.

As for your quoted website, it represents a body with no official recognition that I can find, and the way it deals with dose-levels is highly suspect, swapping around between milligrams, ppm and "drops" willy-nilly, attempting to gloss over the fact that, if you stick with the original EPA-defined RfD of 5E-3 mg/kg/day means that any dose over half a milligram is considered unsafe for consumption by an average-sized human.

It also [falsely] implies that there is no "cut-and-dried" upper level at which silver ingestion becomes toxic, when in fact the data says there is no lower limit, meaning that there is, according to the EPA, no safe dose of metallic colloidal silver.

lperkins (author)Kiteman2012-09-19

I'm no fan of taking silver colloid internally myself, but I have to point out that the limitation of it only killing things with which it has direct contact is true of any such compound, including antibiotics. The question then is whether or not it's absorbed and circulated, which, if it wasn't, it wouldn't turn you blue in cases of high doses of large particles... So it will likely have at least some effect on blood infections, the question being whether it produces a significant effect before or after the dosage reaches toxic levels.

The safety of ingesting silver seems to depend quite a lot on particle size and composition. Silver nitrates are both highly toxic and potentially explosive, while silver oxide and silver iodide have quite low toxicity and are eliminated from the body over time. Silver compounds are used in treatment of heavy metal poisoning because they displace the more toxic elements back into the bloodstream where the body can eliminate them and then are gradually eliminated themselves.

I'm not finding any studies with results about silver ions (which is what this machine should make if properly current-limited, see some of the other comments) but silver ionization is one of the methods used by NASA for water purification due to high effectiveness and safety and low weight... So it should be safe to drink, and monatomic ions should be small enough to be eliminated from the body and not build up in the skin. So it's unlikely that you'll kill or brain-damage yourself with this thing -- it just might or might not actually cure any diseases for you. If you've got something that's "incurable" though, it might be worth a shot.

Kiteman (author)lperkins2012-09-19

"Colloidal silver" is not "silver ions".

Colloidal silver is a suspension of fine, but solid particles. Ions are found in solution, with a partner, negative ion (typically nitrate).

They are very different substances, and have different effects on the body - silver nitrate is corrosive and toxic, extremely destructive of mucous membranes. If consumed in trace, non-corrosive amounts, it results in the development of argyria much more quickly than colloidal silver.

AtomS1 (author)Kiteman2015-10-22

The Rice University Found IONS in traditional nanoparticle colloidal silver., which contradicts everything nanoparticle producers have said about ionic silver and accusing others as being ionic when they themselves have silver ions.

The only way to make metallic ions is through a chemical process.

This means that when they are making the nanoparticle colloidal silver there remains unconverted silver ions, and I would suspect that there would also be unconverted atomic particles as well.

Kiteman (author)AtomS12015-10-22

... which only makes it that much less sensible to consume it.

lperkins (author)Kiteman2012-09-19

That is all essentially correct, but there is a bit of fuzziness to it.

This rig here is essentially a low amperage electroplater. When you hook up the power, positively charged silver ions get ripped off of one electrode, migrate through the water, and deposit themselves on the other electrode. Due to the size of the container and the speed at which the ions can travel through the water, silver will slowly build up in the water to a certain level depending on voltage, volume, etc. If you then remove the electrodes, you will be left with positively charged silver ions in the water.

Said ions will immediately start looking for something from which they can beg, borrow, or steal an electron, which is why it is very important to use the purest possible water if you're planning to drink it (or at least water where the impurities are known), and also to know what your own internal chemistry is likely to be. If there are nitrates in the water, or in your system, you are quite likely to end up forming silver nitrate (which, as you said, is horribly bad for you internally.)

Barring a high concentration of nitrates somewhere, the most likely things for it to latch-on to in the body would be chlorine, oxygen, and iodine. Silver in these forms is much less toxic than silver nitrate, and tends to migrate out of the body over time. Given that NASA uses a similar system for water sterilization in space, it's reasonable to assume that drinking a reasonable quantity, properly made, would likely have no ill effects. I would be a little sceptical about using precisely the rig shown here were I planning to take it internally, as the water comes out looking a little cloudy, which would indicate to me that the particle size is probably a little large. As one of the other commentators said, control of the current to keep the particle size down as small as possible is a must.

True silver colloid is, as you said, merely very finely ground silver that stays in suspension due to Brownian motion. Its toxicity likely depends mostly on particle size. Large enough to not be absorbed = no significant problem. Small enough to pass through the circulatory system without getting stuck anywhere = no significant problem. Something in between = you look like a smurf and possibly have silver start dropping out of solution in your joints and nervous system. Given that there are radiation therapy enhancements in development that basically pair finely ground silver or gold with an antibody that sticks to the target cells to increase energy absorption, and that the metal passes out of the body again once expended, it is reasonable to think that properly sized silver colloid is probably not a significant health risk if used in a reasonable quantity.

As for effectiveness, the two sides to the research that I can find are basically those who claim it cures just about everything with no side-effects whatsoever and that anyone saying otherwise is obviously a drug company shill, and the ones who claim that it is always poisonous and will kill you and anybody saying otherwise is a crank. Both sides seem to have the primary goal of proving the other side wrong, and neither side seems interested in figuring out the truth. Which I find to be rather sad all things considered.

Skylarrew (author)Kiteman2013-10-22

Not that it matters to you, but you seem interested in all the machines but hell bent on repressing this machine. I have all the proof it works as for years I hada condition that would not heal, well,after using this the doctor says its gone. proof enough for me.

Kiteman (author)Skylarrew2013-10-22

I'm not repressing anything. If I were, I would use my position to have these projects removed from the site.

All I am doing is making sure that wild, unsubstantiated medical claims do not go unchallenged.

You say you have proof, but one person getting better from an un-named condition is not proof of anything.

Colloidal silver has been tested, properly, and found to have not effect on the human body. Techniques which produce silver oxide in the mix turn you blue, but methods that produce genuine nano-scale pure silver do not even do that - the particles pass fight through the body, affecting nothing, and not being absorbed. It really is money down the drain, via your intestines.

ahunt11 (author)Kiteman2015-03-25

I'm a science teacher also. It is fair to say that the level of science knowledge required, used & taught by science teachers is limited & antiquated. I'm PGCE chemistry, biology & physics because I have the degrees & industry experience in each field. I worked for 10years in pharmaceuticals & medical device industry; the relevance here being the use of pharmaceutical products, toxicology of actives, testing of actives (qualitatively & quantitatively), pharmacovigilance & a billion other essential, applied chemistry/biology qualifications needed to ensure product safety & efficacy. Therefore, I'm able to compare both sides of the fence in relation to silver & confirm that teachers are not qualified to impart advice on silver or any other medical product, the training isn't sufficient.

Silver HAS been tested in vivo, contrary to popular reports & media BS. I will provide links at the end for reference. Not only has it been tested, it has been approved for use in burn treatments for more than ten years (a product I have had direct involvement with including development incidentally). Toxicological studies, LDs, MELs, TELs etc etc etc have all been carried out as part of the licensing of the product. In addition, safe working levels had to be assessed as manufacturing processss mean heavily silver particulate, laden air. No issues reported, no blue workers & absolutely ZERO bacterial or fungal load in the air systems despite the presence of dozens of workers 24/7 for over 15 years.

Silver as a pure substance is non toxic, non accumulative & NOT responsible for agyria. Silver ions are readily excreted via renel systems in concentrations of up to 35ppm & prolonged daily ingestion (these are the figures tested, therefore actual concentrations could be higher & dealt with easily by the body, but I can only quote what I have the data to support).

Silver salts, such as nitrates, chlorides contribute to agyria, but pure ionic silver doesn't, unless concentrations are ridiculously high & taken over extended time lengths. Hence why distilled water is so critical when electrolysing silver.

The toxicology studies are available only at cost by subscribing to the relevant journals. A perfect way to ensure the information is not so easily obtained by all. Science direct, a part of the elsiever group do post some open source papers, look them up. Nano silver solutions have been widely used since the 1970's with absolutely zero deaths, no long term exposure damage or side effects reported from use. Agyria itself is purely cosmetic & does not cause any health problems systemically.

One thing we can say for certain, is that antibiotics are not safe, the are hepatotoxic & lead to resistant strains. People have died as a result of antibiotics, they are costly, not available outside of pharma industry products & there is a massive incentive to suppress the studies & true information regarding silver products. The irony is that they use silver in many of their products, however, they don't publish the information in the public domain. It is contained within a product's license documents for those who know where to look for it & wish to. Additionally, nano silver products are now included in the new GCSE curriculum, so they pretty much are admitting the efficacy of silver, just not as blatantly as to let the media know! :-)

Kiteman (author)ahunt112015-03-25

...and the link you promised?

Yes, nanosilver has been in the GCSE, it was been for several years. If you check the specification, nanosilver is referred to only as an external treatment, such as odour-killing socks or wound dressings, or treating surfaces that come into direct contact with bacteria. Nothing about about drinking huge quantities of the particles as most Believers recommend.

The newer specifications, being examined from this June, do not mention silver at all in the biology curriculum, and the chemistry curriculum only mentions silver compounds. It doesn't mention nanosilver at all:

Nanoscience refers to structures that are 1–100 nm in size, of the order of a few hundred atoms. Nanoparticles show different properties to the same materials in bulk and have a high surface area to volume ratio, which may lead to the development of new computers, new catalysts, new coatings, highly selective sensors, stronger and lighter construction materials, and new cosmetics such as sun tan creams and deodorants.
Candidates should know what is meant by nanoscience and nanoparticles and should consider some of the applications of these materials, but do not need to know specific examples or properties.

You claim that "pure ionic silver" causes no ill effects. I'd like to know how you get pure ionic silver without any associated negative ions?

I think you need to work on your google skills as well. The toxicology of silver comounds and metallic silver is widely available, and has been for decades. Studies on humans and rats consuming silver and silver compounds found they developed argyria in both skin and in the eyes (that is, this "harmless" condition causes blindness. (Aaseth et al. 1981;Blumberg and Carey 1934; East et al. 1980; MacIntyre et al 1978; Marshall andSchneider 1977; Shelton and Goulding 1979; Shimamoto and Shimamoto 1987)

Rats given silver in their drinking water lost an average of 50% of their body mass, before ultimately dying (Matuk et al.1981).

Rungby and Danscher (1984) found that orally and nasally-administered silver accumulates in the red nucleus, deep cerebellar nuclei, and motor nucleiof the brainstem, resulting in hypoactivity.

It seems, then, that your time in the commercial production of silver products has skewed your information somewhat.

strmrnnr (author)Kiteman2009-04-13

Then there is no problem. This is not for you. Don't drink it and let others make up their own minds.

Kiteman (author)strmrnnr2009-04-13

As long as they don't have to wait until they have turned irreversibly blue to decide it doesn't work. And please, don't make an ozone-generator your next project.

rosewood513 (author)Kiteman2010-04-20

I hope you get to read this, There is oine in a million chance to turn blue, and that is if you drink gallons of this stuff. and no one does.

Kiteman (author)rosewood5132010-04-20

Check proper medical websites (as well as chemical hazard websites).

Argyria is a very real, cumulative, irreversible hazard of consuming colloidal silver.

There is no peer-reviewed evidence for medical benefits from drinking colloidal silver.

lemonie (author)strmrnnr2009-04-13

You haven't supported these claims, rather acknowledged that they have been made (by colloidal-silver quacks selling this stuff). While you perceive a personal benefit, you've not said "it cured-" "my () has gone" or similar. What you did do was also list reputed / reported detrimental effects to balance this, and you still advise seeking the opinion of a medical professional.

For some gullible people who will hand over money for any "miracle cure" finding "collodial-silver" here will at least give them a reasonably balanced view.

But all that aside, the Instructable is about making colloidal-silver, swigging it isn't the only use and the actual make should be appraised rather than your reasons for doing so.


___ (author)lemonie2009-04-23

this time i agree with lemonie

Whitesnake29 (author)2016-04-16

ivenbeen making my own colloidal silver now for a year and a half. I drink LOTS per week and so do teenagr my children without ANY side effects. I keep the water and silver pure. A 9v battery for 40 minurtes does it. Killed infections of the guma in just over a day. TRY it. It really is a disinfectant and antibiotic. Don't bother getting expensive machines.

SaschaN1 (author)2015-10-15

Don't drink this silver you made with only 9volt. The voltage is to low and produces only particles insted of ions . If you want to use batteries put 4 9v blocks in line instead or get a 32v .500ma adapter, even better than batteries.

AtomS1 made it! (author)2015-09-25

Actually the better way to do it is to buy colloidal silver 3000 to 18000 PPM that is made with Distilled Water and pure Silver. Because there are no chemicals you can actually add distilled water and dilute all the way down to 20 PPM if you would like and make hundreds of small bottles at a fraction of the cost and headaches of making your own generator. I found the best colloidal silver at

ahunt11 (author)2015-03-25

My apologies, I'd forgotten to attach the link. Regarding rat toxicology, the rat is no indication of effects on humans, it's a ridiculous necessity pharmaceutical companies are forced to go through in order to attain a license for their product. I've already stated, the testing for nano particles of pure silver was established in order to satisfy the health & safety of workers involved within production of silver products. The toxicology had to satisfy criterion for inhalation of silver, which if I'm not mistaken, is a direct link to the blood stream. The articles you've cited are 30 -40 years old. There have been zero deaths reported & according to all pharmacovigilance reports, no human has become blind or developed agyria from consuming 10-20ppm solutions, even long term. Silver compounds, such as silver nitrate HAVE been cleared for use on humans, nitrate being a treatment for cortorising nasal bleeds. So if the articles cited were in fact true, how did this medical procedure obtain a license? The critical point being missed entirely by the rant against silver, is that the alternatives, antibiotics & antivirals have caused death & systemic toxicological damage consistently & still do not address the issues they've been prescribed for. Why aren't these products high on the hit list for a rant? I don't need the curriculum teaching to me, I do enough of that myself on a daily basis! The curriculum in Wales is brand new, WJEC & yes it mainly deals with external applications, but then again, so do most applications of silver solutions. I don't have the time right now to address all points made, however I will do. I will also seek out the product licensing details of approved silver applications to substantiate the fact that nano silver solutions in doses of 35ppm or below ARE NON TOXIC & do not accumulate in tissues at that level, even when used long term. The half life of silver ion excretion is less than 24 hours at the states doses. The electrolysis procedure is one whereby the electrodes are participating in the reaction, too busy to explain right now, however I shall do as soon as I have the time. Basically hydroxide ions are deposited at the cathode & the electrode potential of silver makes this a favourable reaction to deposition of positive silver ions. Of course, there are silver particles & some silver oxide & hydroxide elements within all ionic silver solutions, but the amount of such is less that 30% & such ions are readily reduced to silver. I will return when I have more time!

lazemaple (author)2014-12-26

simply purchase "fine fine" bezel wire from or any jewellery supplier. It comes flat which should work as well as any fine silver. I just checked they have wire and tube also. Tube is very expensive so go with the wire or bezel Its about $24 per ounce which works out to $2.70 per foot according to Rio's calculator. Purchasing your silver from a reliable source like RioGrande, Otto Frei, Lacy, Contenti, Hoover & Strong etc gives peace of mind that the silver is pure and unadulterated. I order from Rio because they have the best shipping rates.

akinich (author)2013-12-05

Hey i would like to know if this is possible for other metals such as copper itself ?

elpress (author)akinich2014-10-29

I also have one made with 4 rods of gold and one with 4 rods of platinum.

Platinum elixir induces a euphoric rush in the imaginative centers of the brain for about 15 minutes. Visionary or even dreamlike.

elpress (author)2014-10-28

And now for the blurb of how and why from joecellwaterscience

inventor perfects Colloidal silver production making it a true elixir.

can be improved. That is the essence of Human endeavour. Colloidal Silver is
made using the understanding that everything is particles. Matter is just
particles, from quarks to electrons to protons, to atoms to nano to colloids to
rocks to planets to suns and then galaxies. Tesla said everything was energy,
frequency and vibration and publicly debated with Einstein about mass (matter)
equations. While Tesla built the energy of the 20th Century, Einstein won with

Many well published scientists reject the particle theory and offer the
Electric Sun or Electric Universe theory which rejects the old theories that
the sun is a particle mass energy equation. Emoto and his water crystals stand
in stark contrast to the H2O theory. The field energy of the mind effects water

There is a gifted, intuitive inventor who lives in New South Wales, Australia
who has divine inspiration about the world around him. Joe, as he is known, can
see the energy fields of matter and their interaction. One day about 10 years
ago he was handed a 2 wire colloidal silver maker. He refused to drink or even
taste the liquid it made. Not only did it not look right to him he knew it
would taste bad too. He promptly took the two wires and cut them in half and
rummaged through his workshop and found a power supply that was harmonious to
silver and biological life and powered the 4 wires in a unique format that
literally transmutes the water into silver. This is the next evolutionary step
to health and healing. Alchemy is field science. Field science is real. We all
know about high voltage power lines and living too close. Joe’s special format
of the silver wires creates a electromagnetic field around the 4 silver rods
(or any metal) and this interaction with clean water changes the energy fields
of water to take on the frequency of silver. This is a true elixir.

There is no limit to the quantity one can drink daily and one lady drank a full
glass every day of her pregnancy. The wires do not degrade ever. The water
turns a milky colour in about five minutes and tests just 10 ppm. More than 100
of these SilverJoe Silver solution generators have been used in the last 10

This ‘Field Science’ of water through the application of electro and magnetic
devices has literally millions of uses. Joe has, by studying water and the
energy fields he ‘sees’, made dozens of inventions and prototypes of which some
are known like the ‘JoeCell’ and more. To read more see joecellwaterscience.
This is not the forum to expand on them.

The production of water with silver and all the benefits with no side effects
has been revolutionized by ‘Field Science’. Superseding 2 wire degradation

A New Way
of Making Silver Water or Upgraded Colloidal Silver.

“Colloidal Silver” WATER is made as follows: The OLD WAY

1. Pure
or distilled water is used

2. 2 pure silver wires are placed into the water

3. One wire is connected to a +pos DC energy source and the other wire is
connected to the -neg DC energy source.

4. Patience is required as this process can take quite a while, hours even.

5. Much debate can then be had by the variance and source of electricity, parts
per million, ionic content and a host of variables pitting one apparatus
against another as to the “best” kind or colour of Colloid.

“colloidal silver” can only be consumed in minute quantities as large doses can
turn the skin blue and may be toxic at higher doses.


When a
wire from the positive to the negative of a power source is connected, the wire
will heat up. If enough current is available, the system will burn out, melt or

when you make a TESLA inspired wire coil system, a unique ‘magnetic field’ is
created and amazing things happen. This field, if in a vacuum will generate
light. Water will also boil. Without the Tesla LIKE coil neither happens. This
was Tesla’s legacy to the world.

The Tesla
coil allows for forms of electrical energy to do work. The Tesla coil is truly
Field Science.

said everything is Frequency, Energy and Vibration. TESLA purposely omitted
referring to particles, colloids, ions, electrons or even atoms in his work. So
opposed was he to this line of thought that he publicly debated with Einstein
about the THEORY of Matter and other scientific theories and equations of the

TESLA inspired coil is Field Science. Therefore from a purely ‘energy’ point of
view we may ponder on how to make an Energy Field of Silver in water that
prevents the wire degrading in the “colloidal silver” process.

As seen
in magnetic fields, two straight wires interacting with one another cannot
create a field effect. No magnetic field is created as the current is
restricted to interacting with each other by a 90 degree spike between the two
wires as its form of interaction. Electrolysis is not field science. NB. This
is the introduction of Water Based Field Science as expanded upon in
joecellwaterscience dot com

sourced DC and Emoto’s water crystals. Low voltage batteries as used in small
gadgets in the range of 1.5 to 9 volts are made from a variety of materials.
Lithium, Nickel, Cadmium, Mercury and others. We all know of the biological
toxicity of these heavy metals. Just as one can meditate on a glass of water
and Emoto’s camera can photograph the crystalline structure change. So to does
water energised with these heavy metal batteries affect the crystalline
structure of water affecting the life force energy qualities of the water. The
use of such a source of DC energy is to be avoided at all costs. The weak DC
produced by a single cell 1.5V Lead acid battery is the exception but even
Edgar Cayce said to cut the Neg wire and place a gold insert to condition the
energy for biological use. This does however, make the apparatus of( colloidal)
silver water production rather bulky as one needs several such “wet cell”

by using electricity to power up two plates or two wires, you get electrolysis.
Electrolysis is a degrading process as it is not renewable nor is it


1. Take 4
silver wires position them thus: Connect the +pos and -neg in such a way to
take advantage of the energy interaction to create a Magnetic Field around the
wires, taking advantage of the 90 degree interaction. This can be likened to
the Coil in an electric jug that creates an energy field to disperse the energy
into the water, bringing it to a boil rather than burning the element out.

2. Select a voltage and amperage that is in resonance or harmony with the wire
and its end use. Tesla chose 50 hertz as it was a resonance factor that is that
of the Earth’s frequency. A DC battery is not suitable as it has no harmony
with the earth. Utilising an AC to DC power supply which resonates with silver
and the earth then there will occur a ripple of energy which is imparted to the
water. A memory then retrained by the water as it interacts with the silver in
the water. Literally tuning the water into silver.

3. All DC
isn’t created equal. Energy created by spinning magnets retains a memory of the
magnetic energy source. This magnetically created DC is similar to Life Force
Energy. (magnetic healing)This magnetically created energy is retained in the
water’s memory and ultimately will give the consumer a type of Bio Energy that
is in harmony with all life. So the choice of AC to DC power supplies is
essential, even critical for the production of silver water.

4. The
choice of water is also critical. By using the 2 wire colloidal system for
colloidal silver production requires near distilled water otherwise all manner
of Energies, Frequencies and Vibrations are imparted into the water. With the 4
wire format like that found in the SilverJoe Cell, the type of water required
is a science in itself. A limited explanation goes like this: Water that is
charged by the earth has the same charge as the earth, so being like charges,
they try to repel each other. Naturally occurring Earth Charged water can be
found in springs at or near the top of mountains. This Earth Charged water is
known historically to have both healing benefits and life force energies. This
spring water is the ideal from which to make Silver water from. It also needs
to be pure, sweet and fresh to the taste and smell. For more information see

5. The
SilverJoe will test the water for you. If the water has a bad smell or taste
it’s of no use. Almost all municipal or town waters are not appropriate for use
with the SilverJoe cell silver water generator due to artificial additives.
Water purified by osmosis or similar is also not recommended as filtered water
only filters taste and smell and these will unfortunately return when processed
by the SilverJoe. Water marketed by the major soft drink companies generally
are not recommended for use with the SilverJoe Cell. We have found that real
fresh bottled from a natural source spring water is the best water to use.
Glacial melt mountain stream water is often acceptable as it’s energised by
flowing down a stream making sure it’s collected before it is contaminated by
man-made pollutants.

6. The
right water, coupled with the right format of Silver rods powered up with the
right voltage and amperage in the correct format, will make a glass of “silver
water” in 5 minutes. A true elixir.

of the SilverJoe Cell over standard 2 wire products.







    of the SilverJoe Cell over 2 wire products.

    initial paper outlining the process of making Silver Water as opposed to
    colloidal silver is for the benefit of interested persons who understand the
    ingenuity of always looking for a better way. We have not gone into the
    benefits of why one makes silver water to use in one’s daily routine as these
    have been covered and we agree with the historical usage of ‘colloidal silver’.
    We have just found a safer and quicker way to make it. Please take the time to
    view a short video at joecellwaterscience on how to make a glass of SilverJoe

    It is
    advised to not duplicate or reverse engineer the SilverJoe without proper
    analysis as ANY variance from its original design and material construction
    will guarantee it doesn’t work properly.

    That’s Field Science for you.

    NB. The
    device SilverJoe Cell also has an add-on that acts much like a
    zapper/energizer/detox system. But this isn’t the thread to bring that forth.
    Stay tuned. Stay energised and stay healthy with the SilverJoe Cell for all
    your silver needs.

    biological theory and drinking SilverJoe Cell water. Condensed version


    Your body
    contains a separate nervous system that is so complex it has been dubbed the
    second brain. It comprises an estimated 500 million neurons – about five times
    as many as in the brain of a rat – and is around 9 metres long, stretching from
    your oesophagus to your anus.

    If you
    look inside the human body, you can’t fail to notice the brain and its
    offshoots of nerve cells running along the spinal cord. The ENS, a widely
    distributed network of neurons spread throughout two layers of gut tissue, is
    far less obvious, which is why it wasn’t discovered until the mid-19th century.
    It is part of the autonomic nervous system, the network of peripheral nerves
    that control visceral functions.

    “second brain” is a mystery and like the function of the lungs biologists have
    little understanding as to how it works. (the Lungs will be dealt with in full

    It acts
    much the same way as your lungs in that the lung is a membrane that life force
    energy can travel through and energise the red blood cells. The “second brain”
    is a nerve fibre mass that collects life force energy from the food we eat. We
    dont eat for proteins or carbs etc, we eat for the energy and frequency of life
    forces from what is ingested. That’s why fresh is best as it has natural energy
    frequencies and GMO’s have un-natural. We are an energy being not a particle
    being. If we were just a particle being ie vitamins, minerals and elements then
    why does fresh and raw foods heal disease and a diet of solely processed boxed
    food lead to the early demise of the human body? There has to be something in
    the eating of LIVE ENERGY.

    Theory is….. Some people who are “Bio Life Force Energy Deficient” will drink a
    glass full of SilveJoe Charged or energised water and they will experience a
    ‘tingling’ sensation at the back of their throat. This is because the nerve
    endings (second brain) are being stimulated and energised. The Charged or Bio
    Energised SilverJoe water is readily absorbed and immediately available energy
    for the continuation of all biological activity within the human body. Enabling
    a better immune system and cellular replacement.

    subjects have reported this “side effect”. Mostly they would be described as
    suffering from some form of debilitating ailment or generally in poor health.
    Those who kept up the daily intake of one to several glasses a day were quite
    surprised with the results and subsequent medical check-ups.

    One 40+yr
    old lady after being given a glass full to drink, experienced this tingling
    effect for 3 days after the first glass, but on the next occasion the tingling
    lasted only hours and on the 3rd time only 15 minutes. Some people will
    experience this to some degree and usually only lasting 15 minutes. These
    people should drink lots of SilverJoe water.

    (degraded) 2 wire colloidal silver Solution does not have this side benefit
    effect. At no time should one consider the Silver solution made by the
    SilverJoe Cell to be a diagnostic device or indicative of health status. The
    above is provided for serious researchers to further the understanding of man
    made or created Bio Electric Energies.

    Lynn Eykamp


  • KellyCraig (author)2014-05-17

    It is, perhaps, ironic that certain posters purport to be knowledgeable in things colloidal and ozone, then nay say any use of either.

    As several note, contact between silver and bacterial can be devastating to the bacteria. The same can be said about ozone. Important is how these things are used.

    A friend dealt with a foot fungus he acquired during the Korean war. For decades, doctors sought to keep it in check with antibiotics. However, those attempts were not always successful. I brewed a quart of silver water for him and suggested he soak his feet in it. He said it was the first thing that had worked for him.

    Obviously, he did not drink the silver, but merely soaked his feet in it.

    I do not buy claims we need to drink silver. I cannot find any material indicating the heavy metal silver is something we need to ingest. I do, however, find companies researching how to treat colloidal silver so it will not be affected by stomach acids. I do find major companies using silver in their front loaders to reduce mold and bacteria. In short, while some applications are a bad idea, others appear not to be.

    I do have an ozone generator (actually, several I picked up at yard sales for around ten bucks each). I do not use one to "make the air I breath better" by running it with me and others in the house. When running it, I also consider its affect on rubber and plastics.

    I've used a cover over the output of a generator to concentrate the ozone (a cottage cheese container), then ran a hose from it through a lid and to the bottom of a gallon jar. Another hose in the jar lid, which did not touch the water, was attached to a [$2.00, yard sale] neblulizer [which had the hose switched to the vacuum side of the pump] to put a light vacuum on the jar so the ozone would draw through it.

    This also makes a good foot soak, or can just be a means of killing bacterial in the water. Of course, so can the sun's UV rays.

    Chikpeas Brother (author)2014-03-28

    How long do you leave the batteries in at a time?

    Chikpeas Brother (author)2014-03-26

    Will this silver wire be adequate?

    Tim Temple (author)2013-10-25

    ebay is a regular source of silver wire at decent prices.

    jestick (author)2012-04-28

    It can be hard to get to the truth about these things. If you have done the research you know the truth. But when you are just starting out and you see an argument like this, it can be tough.

    Here are some tips for getting to the truth. My answers are given as indications but you should seek your own.

    1. Follow the money. Who gains/loses if you use colloidal silver

    Big drug companies stand to lose out if the claims are true. Colloidal silver is superior to antibiotics since it kills fungus and viruses as well as bacterial, and it is not possible for them to become resistant.

    2. Is the material in use in other products considered safe

    Anti-microbial chopping boards, medical bandages, water purification systems. CDC does not list silver as toxic.

    3. What do people who actually have argyria (blue skin) say

    Interview on youtube the famous papa smurf still uses colloidal silver, and accepts he misused it to cause the problem. As stated elsewhere, use pure water and current limiting diode and this will never be a problem. IF you make it with tap water., use only for disinfection, not bodily use.

    4. What risks are associated with short term use for experimentation

    None recorded. Turning blue takes a long time even with the impure product. Trying some for a cold, burn or infection carries little or no risk.

    5. Do you actually know someone who has used it.

    Always good to connect with real people. The internet is OK, but the real world is well,... real.

    pwag1 (author)2011-09-15

    OK, I'll weigh in. To start, I've been studying and Using "colloidal silver" for about twelve years now. I just checked my "Silver" file on my computer. It is 98.5MB and holds 702 files. Most of those are medical reports on uses of silver. Stuff like these:

    And you especially might find this interesting:

    Silver kills most but not all pathogens. Period. Exactly "how" isn't really known for all pathogens and probably varies depending on the type and size of the silver particles. Here's a report where and how silver kills E-Coli:

    Contrary to what you see all over the internet and from hundreds of providers, most "colloidal silver" is actually ionic silver which is AG+ silver ions. True colloidal silver is very small AG particles. When AG+ silver mixes with bodily fluids most of it is fairly quickly turned into AgCl, silver chloride. However, silver salts are anti-pathogenic too. Silver nitrate (AgNO3) is still put it the eyes of almost all babies born in the USA. In many states its statutory law, although other antibiotics like erythromycin are now being used.

    After 12 years, I can't say whether AG or AG+ silver works better. In almost all "colloidal silver" products you are getting both. The "ionic silver" is 95-98% ions with the balance being elemental silver and real colloidal silver is about the opposite. If it is worth anything, most medical products say that they are generating AG+ particles. I suspect that both kill pathogens but may be doing it in different ways. It also worth noting that almost all the medical reports don't actually say what type of silver is being used and especially what the particle size is either. I've even had some personal communications with a few of the authors and they still couldn't say. Additionally, most medical reports are using "in vitro" (petri dish) testing and don't really know what is happening "in vivo" (inside the body) or if the results are even applicable.

    The FDA and all sorts of people always say if you use colloidal silver you will get Argyria. Possible but very rare. Contrary to a lot of posters AND medical reports, one gets Argyria by ingesting a lot of too large of silver particles. When the particle size is too much larger than a red blood cell (about 10 micron) the large particles get stuck in the small capillaries in the outer skin. There they interact with light and turn black which then causes the skin to take on a bluish-grey tint, depending one one's complexion.

    As far as I know, its irreversible, despite all the hocus-pocus "metal detoxification" claims but is fairly benign. For those into the Gothic scene it might even be desirable. However, keep the particle size small and you'll never get it regardless of how much colloidal silver you take as the stuf just passes through you. Most of the more recent cases are from people who were improperly home-brewing CS and then drinking a lot of sludge.

    Why do you want to have CS? The movie Contagion is out. Go see it. While fictional it is actually very possible. The viral community is scared shitless that someday H5N1,(Bird Flu) which is hard to catch but is still killing a bit over 50% of those that do catch it will recombine with a highly contagious flu like H1N1. If the resultant new flu strain contains H5N1's lethality and H1N1's contagiousness, then Contagion will be a reality.

    Modern medicine as no cure for a virus. However, you might find this VERY INTERESTING:

    We personally use colloidal silver and have for a long time bt take it only as needed. My wife is a teacher and catches every cold and flu running around. Unlike me who rarely gets either and then has few serious symptoms when I do, a cold would knock her out of work for 1-2 weeks. Now, taking CS, she doesn't miss work and is generally "cured" in 3-5 days. Our 24 year old son caught the nasty strain of E-COli. He was hospitalized and the doctors actually told us he would probably die but if he did survive he would probably lose his kidneys. We checked him out, took him home, and poured six bottles of CS into him. A week later he was completely cured with no side effects. The doctors were amazed. My oldest son caught some flu a few years back before the Swine Flu "scare" He had a 105F fever and was in bad shape. One 8oz bottle "cured' him completely in two days.

    The stuff works great on diaper rashes and conjunctivitis too.

    Anecdotal? Yes, but remember medicine has no cures for some pathogens. They just go through the motions so you think modern medicine is doing something but when you pin them to the wall they have to admit that they don't actually have a cure. They are basically doing things to help your body's defenses take care of the alien invaders.

    BTW, if the scenario even 1/1000 like in Contagion happens, (Look up the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic) the hospitals will be overwhelmed and you are on your on. For such things you want to have some CS around (Also get real black licorice - it contains an anti-viral compound).

    If you make your own (basic instructions are all over the internet) here are a few tips that are often left out:

    1. Use as pure as water as possible. Tap water contains chlorine and other crap. If you don't have a water distiller, you'll have to buy some pure water. That is NOT the same as buying bottled water. Look for laboratory grade or deionized water. About $50/G. Or get a distiller, about $100 for a cheap one. This is the one I have and was the best price I found (a few years ago):

    BTW, all the ones around at much higher prices that look like this one are this one. They all come out of the same Korean factory.

    I double distill bottled water for having "relatively" pure water to make CS. You have to use some of your distilled water to clean out the water chamber of the distiller before the second distilling of the already distilled water. If you've never distilled water, you'll be surprised at the crud in the water.

    2. Pure water won't conduct electricity. Add a little CS from a previous "brew" to the water so it will start conducting electricity for the electrolysis process. Do NOT add salt or anything besides other CS.

    3. Use as pure of silver as you can get/afford for the electrodes. Remember, whatever is in the silver will end up in the water which will end up in your body. That includes lead and cadmium. Most people selling silver allegedly more than 99.99% pure (also referred to as ".9999" or "four nines") are probably lying through their teeth. Ask for a copy of the assay. Even then.... You can, however, get that pure of silver from the mint. A US Silver Eagle and a Canadian Silver Maple Leaf are 99.99% pure silver. If you can't believe the US government who can you believe? Well, accept for their lies on Social Security and a bunch of other things but that's another story. Use them as-is or cut into strips. BTW, you can also suck on a silver coin like a lozenge. The acid in your mouth leaches some of the silver off. Keep one around for emergencies.

    Electrolysis of pure water with a silver electrode strips ions of silver from the POSITIVE electrode and places them in solution. Being positively charged, they are attracted to the cathode or NEGATIVE electrode. That one can be stainless steel instead of silver. Ideally most ions will remain in solution but some make it to the cathode, which must be cleaned after use, of the soft deposit of silver.

    4. If you don't want to be making BIG silver particles, you have to limit the DC current. A smaller current over longer time is better. Track down about a 1mA current limiting diode (CLD), like a1N5296.
    Mouser Electronics carries them.

    The CLD is installed reverse biased (backwards relative to a normal diode). If you don't know which way it is supposed to go, put a DC ammeter in series to measure the current flow with the anode and cathode leads connected to the silver rods shorted together. To do this, and check the proper functioning of the CLD, you need a meter that can measure at least down to 0.1mA (100uA) increments. Many low cost 3 ½ digit multimeters have a 200mA DC range which is adequate as they display 199.9 mA full scale. Since you may not know what you are doing, or for good general design principals, it is prudent to also put a 1000 ohm current limiting resistor (the wattage is basically irrelevant) in series with the CLD so that you don't accidentally burn out the CLD by forward biasing (i.e. installing it backwards) or blow the fuse in the multimeter when the leads are shorted. When the CS brew leads are shorted together, you will see the meter reading the approximate value of the CLD, +/-10%, if it is installed correctly. If it reads [[source voltage – 1.2]/ 1000] it is in backwards.

    5. Use a glass jar (Pyrex!) to brew the CS in. And keep it covered so stuff in the air doesn't fall into the water. If you want to get real serious use a laboratory magnetic stirrer too. Check Ebay. I bought an old one for $40.

    6. Knowing when the "brew" is ready is a bit tougher. If you are making really small particles forget the "Tyndal Effect" and it doesn't "tel" you concentration anyway. Correctly brewed, most of the particles should be smaller than the wavelength of the light and thus you will see nothing. The best way is to use a Pure Water Tester, such as the Hanna HI 98308, that will measure parts per million.

    Hope this helps.

    jestick (author)pwag12012-04-28

    You HOPE this helps! Best posting I have ever read on practical colloidal silver making. Knew a lot of it, but never seen it all on one place. The current limiting diode was new to me.

    I want to make a pocket maker for travel, the block plus current limiting diode will be perfect.

    Just the thing for sterilizing a glass of local water in some part of the developing (or developed) world.

    Excellent post.

    Tim Temple (author)2012-01-02

    The way to be safe is just stick with distilled water and pure silver. Here's a site to show how to be safe:

    pwag1 (author)2011-09-20

    In addition to my previous comments, somebody took issue with something I had to say over on a somewhat related thread. I posted a lengthy rebuttal which readers of this thread might find informative or at least interesting. See:

    pwag1 (author)2011-09-15

    I should have added, if you brew your own CS, and want to be absolutely sure you aren't making big particles that could give you Argryia, filter the brewed results through a maximum 1 - 10 micron absolute filter.

    Use a gravity filter. Check:

    misry (author)2011-06-05

    Hi ,

    I am really concerned about colloidal silver , i had found this blog

    what is your opinion ?


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