Make Sodium Metal - Without Electrolysis Using Domestically Available Chemicals

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In this video we show how to make sodium metal without electrolysis using domestically available chemicals.

First 40g of sodium hydroxide and 30g of magnesium are place in a steel container with a fuse or sparkler and lit. A heavy lid is quickly placed over the mixture and allowed to burn. The mixture then allowed to cool and the resulting aggregate of sodium metal and magnesium oxide is chiseled out. The aggregate is then ground in a blender until the consistency of coarse sand. It is then poured into a flask and covered with 2x-3x the volume in dioxane. A stir bar is added and a distillation apparatus is outfitted on the mixture. It is then distilled with vigorous stirring. When the sodium is clearly visible on the surface of the liquid the stirring is reduced. When the height of the liquid is less than the diameter of the sodium globules the stirring is stopped completely. Distillation continues until dryness.

Once dry the heating is stopped and the sodium allowed to solidify. It can then be dislodged from the slag and stored under mineral oil. The sodium may additionally be cleaned by heating until molten under mineral to which a few drops of alcohol has been added. Light agitation may be applied to dislodge any residual slag.

Related videos:

How to make dioxane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Zzrn-61XAY

How to make sodium magnesium oxide aggregate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXCSL0r4aqg

How to extract diethyl ether and heptane from starter fluid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8MwwpSWeq4

Nighthawkinlight's video on making sodium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seSg_GWj1b0

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