3 beakers
Stiring rod
Glass jar with a screw on top or a glass soda bottle with a cork
3 grams of Silver Nitrate
3 grams of Sodium Hydroxide
4 grams of sugar

Do NOT make it over than 2 hours. (it will create a toxic gas after awhile)
Needed to be made in a vented area.
Make sure to wash the chemical when finished!

Step 1:

Step 1.
Get ready for safty! Put on your apron, googles, and your gloves.
<p>Hi there, I am looking to create a mirror surface on a glass tube (0.5&quot; diameter, 6&quot; long) for a photography experiment. Where can I obtain the chemicals you mention?</p><p>thx! </p>
<p>This reaction is well known to organic chemists as Fehling's test for aldehydes. It can also be used to produce first surface silvered mirrors. But if I just wanted a silver glass jar, I would go for the much cheaper option of spraying the inside with bright chrome paint. And PLEASE delete the 11 photos of the same bloody jar !</p>
<p>Ooops ! My memory has slipped up again, that should have been Tollen's test, not Fehling's. </p>
<p>What is the point of this?</p>
<p>If you see all the steps, it's how to add a coating of silver to the bottle. </p>
<p>Yes, I see that, but why?</p>
<p>Why not?</p>
<p>The last step states, &quot;Re close your jar or glass soda bottle and NEVER open it!&quot;</p><p>So again, what is the point in coating a vessel that will never be opened. I can accomplish the same effect by filling it up with paint.</p><p>All I'm asking for is a simple introductory statement by the author.</p>
<p>Not every project requires a practical, reasoned explanation. Sometimes you just Make.</p><p>If you can't see the point of using chemistry to make a perfect mirror finish, just because you can, then I doubt anything the author says will change your mind either.</p>
<p>You win.</p>
<p>I didn't realise it was a contest?</p>
Silver nitrate isn't exactly cheap and I suspect you're flushing most of it down the sink which isn't a good thing. Also, if you varnish the inside you can open the jar as as often as you like without the silver turning black through oxidation.
<p>Really needs an introduction to let readers know what you're doing. I didn't know till step 9... needs more pix, not just the same one over &amp; over. But it is an interesting subject !!</p>
<p>This is how they used to add the silver layer to mirrors.</p><p>You really ought to do the experiment again, and take a photo of each step, or even take a video. </p>
<p>Agree, would be helpful to visually see the process.</p>

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