Introduction: Turn Lead Into Gold, With Modern Alchemy

Here is my video on how to do this is you don't wanna read it.

Step 1: Step 1: Respect the Chemicals

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CAREFUL: If you are not somewhat skilled in chemistry I recommend you NOT attempt this. It is quite toxic, and I don't recommend anyone try it. This is downright nasty stuff, I can't say it enough, just watch the video for fun!

Step 2: Step 2: Seriously, Respect Them.

Step 3: Okay, Good. First What You Need!


Lead Nitrate (also nasty)

Potassium Iodide

Baking Soda

Step 4: Mix the Reagents

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Once mixed, it looks like cheese.

Step 5: Heat the Solution to 100C

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It should go clear, but if you see this, it is not a saturated solution, and you should increase the heat, OR add more water.

Step 6: While It Cools, It Does a Very, Cool 'golden Rain' Effect

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Step 7: Filter It, and Let It Dry for 2ish Days

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Filter with coffee filters, using gravity, or attempt a vacuum filtration with an extremely fine frit, or a buchner funnel.

Step 8: Store This Pretty Stuff!

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Don't forget to label it, and clean up with LOTS of baking soda.


Snipewing (author)2017-04-03

Cool experiment but what are the ratios for the reaction?

I listed them in the video, but it CAN be done 1 to 1, but Lead Nitrate NEEDS to be used up, so I did a 1: 0.8

Awesome! Thank you very much!

No problem. I hope to see you in the comments on my youtube channel i love to hear from you guys.

nanosniper (author)2017-04-05

this was super cool idea????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

w.... what?

youngscientist (author)2017-04-06

Very Great

rainingfiction (author)2017-04-03

But can you sell for $1,259.00 per ounce? That is the real question

knowledge is without price... So really this is worth the moon.

Arn't you the spokespersons? :P

Spokesperson for this.. sure! And the guy who made the video so i should know this stuff... yeah you in fact, can sell this for around 1.3k USD. If someone pays that much, that i doubt.

hubi (author)2017-04-03

One day too late, for this 1st April Joke

gm280 (author)2017-04-03

If only you could turn lead to gold, I would be a billionaire.

CollegeChemistry (author)gm2802017-04-03

If this worked I wouldn't share it!

jtobako (author)gm2802017-04-03

But you about a billion dollars an ounce.

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