Make Your Own Silver




Introduction: Make Your Own Silver

About: I love the process of making things and it makes me happy!

Hello makers! In this Instructable we will be extracting our own silver from SILVER NITRATE. Well doing this costs more money than buying silver from the jewellery shop still you can gift it to your loved ones as a lifetime memory. This project demonstrates chemistry of decomposition of silver nitrate to silver.

Handling Silver nitrate is dangerous. It leaves black stains on hands if exposed. Caution should be exercised while handling.

Step 1: Watch the Video

Step 2: Get Silver Nitrate Into the Test Tube and Heat

Take about a gram of silver nitrate in a borosil test tube, heat it over the torch and wait.

The reaction goes
2 AgNO3 → 2 Ag(s) + O2(g) + 2 NO2(g)

Step 3: Brown Gas...

let the brown gas escape ... and collect the residue on a heat proof bed. I used a plaster of paris bed..

Step 4: Heat the Residue From the Tube

Collect the brown material in the tube, this is actually silver. heat it until it forms a shiny ball. This process actually burns any impurity present.

Step 5: Remove the Silver

If you used the POP base you will find that the molten silver gets into the crevices and embeds there. So , hit it with some hammer to release the silver ball.

Step 6: You Are Done

Congratulation ! You have just extracted silver in your home.

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8 Discussions

Here is a grey black silver necklace made from zinc sulfate and lye over copper while being heated with silver nitrate solution. It is a type of art necklace.


I am going to do silver plating with copper, silver penny and a solution of silver nitrate.

I get silver nitrate off of electrical components. Nitric acid (made by combining Nitric Fertilizer (Ammonium Nitrate/calcium nitrate etc) With Hydrocloric Acid (HCL) in the presence of copper and collecting the resultant mix (Nitric Acid)).

Simply tip the nitric acid onto your silver and watch it dissolve. Voila!

If you want to get pure silver oxide just react silver with 6% bleach. I used 400 ml of 6% bleach with 22 g silver from a coin and got silver oxide and sodium chloride. A water wash of the silver oxide will remove most of the sodium chloride.

An easier way of extracting silver besides silver with nitric acid is to add silver to 5% bleach or etc to strengthen the bleach attacking properties. The guide saids 2% bleach but full strength should work too.

You need silver, bleach, Lye and sugar. Follow instructions on this website.


haha nice ible! technically correct, financially not that good:P keep the ibles coming!