Removing Silver from CD.

Is there a way to remove the silver off of a CD that's relatively fast and doesn't scratch or damage the disk in anyway?

Posted by BoomGuy 10 years ago

silver casting

Has anyone ever cast silver into cuttlefish bones/shell. Ihave a wax original which i dont want to lose in the lost wax process.

Posted by maninamousesuit 10 years ago

Melting silver to repair jewellery

Hello everyone, Iam a disabled pensioner living in Australia. I have a few pieces of silver jewellery where links have opened, and require "soldering". A jeweller has quoted me $40 each repair. I have a 3 inch square of silver sheet left over from a jewellery course I took years ago, and want my husband to melt it on the links for me. He has tried a hand held soldering iron and also a blow torch, neither worked. Please can someone advise us what else to try ? They are only minor melts required, but we cant make the silver molten in our garage. Many thanks

Posted by Charmy666 5 years ago

Quickest way to make silver powder

Hi all, I'd like to use silver in a project, and I'd like to know what the best method of making it quickly - I'm not interested in paying $30 to ship it to Australia. Would I get any success by filing a sheet of silver, or is there a better way of doing it? Or can I buy it somewhere locally? Here's an example of what I'm looking for, I'd like the texture to be fairly course, not the fine powdered stuff I've seen elsewhere.;=item233dd90f7a Cheers!

Posted by jarris 4 years ago


I have a very good coin collections my father left me.  I'm not really into coins, and would like to unload them to someone who has a good knowledge about coins.  He collected these coins while how was in WWIi.  Here is a description of what I have:   I have around 20 silver dimes that are so old, the dates have rubbed off. There is one dime dated 1907.  I have one Morgan dollar-date 1917.  I have several buffalo nickels.  I have the following silver quarters: 1952' 1954, 1947, 1942, (2) 1943, 1956, 1941, 1946, 1944, 1942, 1954, 1963, 1961, 1957, 1950, 1944, 1960, 1924, 1907, 1951, 1964, 1936, 1955.  I have several silver dimes, nickels, and quarters where the date has been rubbed off.  I have not "clean" the coins or "polished."  I would just like a "ballpark" amount of the coins I have....

Posted by wareaglesusanbf 5 years ago

silver casting mould

Anyone help me here..I have a wax master of a signet ring. If i use lost wax casting i will lose my original....This i do not want. Is there a mould making stuff that i can press the ring into leaving a negative to fill with silver.....

Posted by maninamousesuit 10 years ago

Are these silver wires important?

I'm making a USB wall charger with a usb cord I found in my desk and an unused cell phone charger. I cut off one end of the USB cord and took the plastic stuff off of it and there were silver wires along with the red, black, green, and white ones. Are they important or should I just cut them off?

Posted by Sunbanks 10 years ago

Soldering sterling silver jump rings

Hello. I started working with metals, stones and beads in the summer. I think I am ready to solder as I am tired of some pieces falling apart. I make large jump rings and need to solder them. I saw the instruction on soldering on this website and bought all the tools today. I suppose I am a bit nervous about working with a flame. Could anyone share their experiences when they started to solder? Thanks. Tracey

Posted by SFLTracey 9 years ago

What do you think?

Yesterday, I followed a jewelry workshop. This is the result, what do you think?

Posted by emilyvanleemput 5 years ago

Electroplating Non-Metals

I'm looking for input on the process of electroplating non-metal materials. I have never electroplated before and am open to trying the traditional method or the paint on plate solutions that are available.  I'm just uncertain where/ how to begin and what to buy. The hurdle is that the items I want to plate are not metal to begin with.  One website I read seemed to suggest that painting the object with a paint that contains metal flakes (like Liquid Leaf faux gold leaf, which contains soluble copper) would be enough to get a paintable silver plate to bond. Anyone have experience to weigh in with?  I welcome suggestions for techniques, favorite products, etc.

Posted by ashleyjlong 2 years ago

Are you in Venice? There's a prize!

Sort of following on from another topic I posted, Kitewife and I are off to Venice tomorrow to celebrate our silver wedding*.  We arrive at the airport soon after 9:30pm local time. I always like to meet fellow instructablers, so stop and say hello.  There's a (small) prize in it for you as well - not only do I always have a stash of Robot stickers in my wallet, I will be carrying a fabric Robot Patch (the very one in the photo), and if you are the first person to say hello to me in Venice, you get the patch. If you're not sure what I look like, look for a camouflage jacket, leather fedora and a Robot pin badge. *Twenty five years, it's insane - we both still feel like teens!

Posted by Kiteman 3 years ago

Bug report: medal didn't switch from bronze to silver after 10+ featured

Based on the new "medal" system, I should now have a silver medal for having 10+ featured - I know I've seen this on other's profiles: My 9th and 10th Instructables were just featured last week, so I'm not sure if there's some processing delay, or if this has to be done manually? Anyway, I demand immediate recognition in the form of fake internet medals! ...kidding, just thought I'd point this out in case it's supposed to be automated and there's a system-wide bug. If there's a delay or it has to be done manually by staff somehow, no big deal.

Posted by Ben Finio 4 years ago

Kickstarter Space Engineer creates "real" Mithril

This is very, very cool. There's a Kickstarter project working on  space elevators, using carbon nanotube (CNT) technologies.  One of the supporters asked if they could buy enough CNT to make a pair of wedding rings, because they would outlast both gold and diamond. It turns out that, to be able to make a CNT wedding ring, you need the ability to build a space elevator. They found a compromise, though, and made a brand new material - they alloyed CNT with silver; A metallurgist with 25 years in the field has said that the new alloy has some “interesting” properties. There is a strange ‘crystallization’ to the metal once it cools. We don’t really know why; or what this means. It needs study. There is other ‘stuff’ about this alloy which lead in some exciting directions, but as yet, we have not explored those. In essence we’ve created a unique silver+carbon nanotube alloy. We would like to brand this material “Mithril” after J.R.R. Tolkien’s super-material in the Lord of the Rings… so far, the foundation’s branding people have not returned our calls. (According to their website, it’s an 8 week process.) For a long time during the design and creation of the rings, their existence was a secret.  Now, though, the groom has given these reasons for buying a pair of Mithril rings; Reason #1 - Use this line when you propose, "Many men promise their brides-to-be the stars. It's a very rare man that actually delivers." At which point you can explain the ring, and the potential bride is thusly wowed. Reason #2 - It REALLY shows that you're planning on a better world for your children - aka, you're awesome husband material. Reason #3 - Awesome conversation piece. Reason #4 - Someone shows off their gold ring, and you can say, "How quaint." Reason #5 - The working name for the metal is awesome. I won't say more without Michael's permission. But let's just say, the name is very... enchanting. When the people who see you hear what metal your ring is made of, they'll do a double-take and then demand more information. Reason #6 - There are very interesting properties to these rings that are fun to show off. Again, not going to go into detail without Michael's go ahead. Reason #7 - It's one thing to give a wedding ring to your loved one. It's a completely different thing to give a wedding ring to your loved one that's a piece of history. Reason #8 - Gold wears away easily, these rings may be able to be passed onto your great great grandkids. The full story is on the Liftport site,

Posted by Kiteman 5 years ago

Hilox silver and gold oxidizer.

I am looking for a silver and gold oxidizer called Hilox. I am all out of it and it's no longer on the market. The new oxidizers on the market do not work well. Do you have an old bottle laying around that you don't need?

Posted by Gig Parker 4 years ago

Beginner Jewellery maker. Question about gold/silver plating

Hi there, I'm starting jewellery making as a complete beginner and want to use Metal Clays to do this as it seems one of the easier and cheaper ways to make jewellery at home. I looked into lost wax casting, but there are no studios or workshops near where I live to do this. I really love gold jewellery, and was wondering that if I used bronze, copper, or silver clay, am I able to plate it too? I've seen those electroplating kits online, but I was wondering if it would work after I've finished making my jewellery piece with the clay.  I've also seen videos about 'silver accenting' copper clay... Is this just basically like coloured base metal (costume jewellery), or is it real sterling silver (i.e high end costume jewellery). Any insight anyone can provide is very much appreciated! :) Erika

Posted by cindyycindz 2 years ago

Desktop Plating Machine

For a Desktop plating machine, what type of container would you use, how would you pin it out and how much voltage would you need? thanks in advance, also, i know that there was another instructable written by my former self , but I know that I did not build it right.

Posted by Steamdnt 9 years ago

best place to buy conductive epoxy?

I'm looking for a good place to buy conductive epoxy.  I want it a silver color, not black.  Everywhere I've found is extremely expensive for VERY tiny amounts.  I don't need it to be sterling silver or anything, just a silver-ish color instead of black.

Posted by aliasjanedoe 8 years ago

My Silver Coins!!! What's it worth?!?

I am not too sure about what references to trust, so I want to check with you what all my silver is worth. DIMESTotal: 31 QuartersTotal: 18One is a 40% bicentennial proof. Another is a (I don't know why but,) silver bicentennial. HalvesTotal: 6One is a 40% bicentennial proof DollarsTotal: 5Lots, huh? And by the way, one of the dollars is on it's way from eBay, and another is a 1971 proof. Another is a 40% bicentennial proofPlease let me know if you can find the value, THANKS!

Posted by Flumpkins 9 years ago

getting new bmx in a couple of days!!!

Its the silver fox bullion looks cool anyone got one?

Posted by sharlston 9 years ago

Electroplating an etched board with some other (preferably silver-colored) metal

I was wondering if anyone would have any insight on my problem. I'm trying to electroplate an etched copper PCB with something that oxidizes less-readily and has a silver-ish color. Any ideas on what metal to use/how to get it into solution? Thanks, -Muffin

Posted by T3h_Muffinator 10 years ago

25 Cent Silver Ring, The Headache Machine, Classic 3D photographs

25 Cent Silver Ring The Headache Machine Classic 3D Photographs Time Lapse Add-On Pipe Shelving Unit Candy Tin Martini Kit Pocket Abacus Motion Detection Camera Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins Realistic Model Spaceship Kiss Chemicals Goodbye Fresnal Lens Death Ray Wooden Centrifugal Puzzle Gummi Bricks Train Bed Money Muncher Tennis Ball Paracord Bracelets 4x4x4 LED Cube - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

Posted by randofo 7 years ago

advice on what these are

I have 6 of the silver ones and 1 of the gold but i cant work out what they are anyone have any advice as google is not helping gold  -  Ancom 741 silver -  rc 743 d ray 7231 also i have found little black ones with 4 legs on each side with 7244  sn72741p thanks for any advice you can offer 

Posted by aafit 3 years ago

Robot costume arms idea?

I am building the robot below for a Halloween costume. I am building the head, upper and lower body, arms, and shoes out of silver painted cardboard. But as for the arms and legs I need advice as to what to use. I know the material used in these pics has a name but I am clueless as to where to find them and what it called. The costume should be flexible enough to dance (AKA wave my arms in a worm-like motion) at a Halloween party. Any tips or ideas? Thanks in advance. If you want I'll make an instructable once I figure it out and build it if you ask. PS I am 5 feet 8 inches, and My arms are not too fat or too thin, and I am 14 years of age if you care.

Posted by squirrelMLM 7 years ago

fish babies :P !!!

OK so today I went to my local fish store and got 3 new silver mollies and some plants for my community tank, and after I floated the bag and was about to strain the bag to get the fishes out I noticed little fry in the corner of the bag. After I put the silver mollies in the tank I put the fry in my floating fry net. 9 little baby mollies :P <>< <>< <><

Posted by Shadowmang 9 years ago

Knife with glass and Silver handle

Hello Everyone, I'm new to this forum and I have made something I wanted to share and get some feedback. This is "Art Knife" I used a method I invented to etch hardened glass with colored images and made some into what I think is a pretty cool knife. The glass is held in place on a nice Damascus blade with a Sterling Silver frame. The etching can be of any subject, I chose the animals because they look nice but I could have put a portrait or other designs on my knife. I also want to use this technique for other fine items like memorials, awards, etc. The etching never wears because it's covered in a layer of Pyrex glass by baking it in a kiln. What do you think of this idea? Any feedback greatly appreciated! Cheers, John

Posted by John Pedini 9 years ago

Rectangle accuracy tip...

Well, I made a discovery when I was messing around with some shells, I found that if you load a red rod into your rectangle, then put a shell of 5 silver spacers all the way back on the red rod... The red rod then flies extremely straight. The shell then falls straight down, where you can use it again if you want. P.s. This also works for yellow, and grey rods.P.p.s. You can also do the same thing for oodammo, but with only one silver spacer.TRY IT OUT PEOPLE=P

Posted by travw 9 years ago

Da-lite Silver-lite manual projector screen: Repair help!

So today I totally scored at Goodwill with not one but TWO projector screens!  One is your typical matte white but the other is a silver screen by Da-lite!  (well, both are da-lite) And I was DALITEd (see what I did there?) to find them so cheaply!  So purchased them I did.  But getting home I discovered the silver screen projector (the case a beautiful teal color!) had some rips.  Luckily not across the main viewing portion but along the rails that A-roll it up and B-keep it from going into the case.  I managed to fix the tears along B but A I'm aware has some sort of tension spring dohickey that is only kept wound by the end caps!  And to fix that tear I'll definitely have to completely disassemble the thing.  (to fix the tears I've used a combination of hand sewing and shoe-goo on the underside, since it repairs vinyl.) I can't quite find a repair/replace/fix guide that even comes close.  I was hoping to come across a guide replacing the material at least but that was a no-go.  Closest thing I found was to carefully take off the ends and with the screen rolled up screw back one end (left) and wind the rod back with the other (right) before screwing it back in.  Guide didn't really specify my model though or even go into detail about the specific tension mechanism, so I'm doubtful at best on wanting to try it out. (and heaven forbid lose a finger!)  Not to mention mine pulls up instead of pulls down, so orientation seems like a toss up. Anyone have any suggestions for a DIY approach to this?

Posted by stalledaction 7 years ago

Someone to paint a white, strong & flexible ring from Shapeways

Hi, I would like to buy a ring from Shapeways but before buying it in silver I would like to buy it in plastic to see if I actually like it on my finger so I was wondering if someone would be able to paint it for me. The main colour would be silver with a little bit of green and blue on the face.  As for the paint I was thinking of enamel or acrylic depending on which would last longer. Would anyone be interested in doing this? Side note: Would I get a better response by having this thread in the Art section of this forum?

Posted by jezym108 4 years ago

Copper tape for thermal concentration

Has anyone ever used copper tape to concentrate heat on an object to obtain a uniform higher temperature?   I've been doing some studies in the recent past that suggest polished copper foil is a good reflector of infrared energy. It is not as good as silver, but I don't think it would go over well to use silver in any sort of oven or kiln.  I used to think good ole aluminum foil was good for heat, but it turns out it is only good for stopping heat.  I've thought of using the instructable on the waffle iron or make one by way of a bread toaster, but will most likely not be able to go through with it.  The copper foil is the same type found at stained glass craft shops. 

Posted by jmikronis 5 years ago

I made it

I notice a few days a go the "I made button" on the comments below each instructable. I got to use it today as I just finished my Micro slicer. Just a big thanks to Silver Jimmy and Groover for  posting their projects, you guys a re awesome! Microslicer

Posted by liquidhandwash 4 years ago

Why would you allow this!?!?!?!

Https:// I am sorry to whomever posted this but this is illegal! And I think it should be removed! You can not do that to coins and should find a better way to make rings.. it is wrong. We are spending are tax dollars for these to be made. 

Posted by kelseykat2 8 years ago

New and having trouble uploading pics for my first instructable...

Everytime I click upload, it uploads the pic and then crashes.  When I re-log back in, there's no pics whatsoever!  :(  This is my first instructable so I could use a hand with this problem please. Shy Silver Leaf

Posted by shysilverleaf 6 years ago

painting laptop need help

Alright, i bought this laptop about a month, its a very good laptop, and i don't want to damage it.  How should i paint it, it is an eMachine E725, and i want to paint it silver and red. also, how do i make my own logo for it, that would be awesome.

Posted by adog26 8 years ago

Help with a kerosene lamp

Hey guys, I recently got this silver lamp, which I've filled with kerosene. The only problem is every time I light it, it lets off a thick line of black smoke? I've tried trimming the wick down, but it hasn't helped.  Does anyone have any experience with this, or any suggestions?

Posted by snazzyjazzy 6 years ago

Chemistry Question

I am trying to make a small amount of silver fulminate for throw snaps. I am using a recipe from a very old book and it says I should add 70 minimums of concentrated nitric acid. Any ideas on what a modern measurement of a minimum would be, and where I could buy concentrated nitric acid?

Posted by Sedgewick17 10 years ago

Problem with KI?

When I tried to access KI today, (, I noticed 3 problems. Firstly, for the first 10 minutes, I got error 404 and mediawiki errors every time. Then, the layout had changed to the "VBulletin" style on silver stuff and everything was different. Thirdly, I couldn't log in. Does anyone know what's going on?

Posted by The Jamalam 8 years ago

Photoshopped? No, but can you do better? Deadline coming.

When I first saw it, this sinkhole image looked photoshopped to me (original story here). It turned out to be legitimate, but air.command suggested adding a Silver Surfer to the image. I did (see below), and quite liked it. So, I have decided to open up another photo-editing contest. You can either... Add something to an image of a real sinkhole (or other hole in the ground) - what caused it?  What's climbing out or falling in? Put a sinkhole somewhere interesting Do both - add a sinkhole to a scene, then put something else in the hole. Use any source images you like, but images that involve classic projects will be more likely to win the Silver Surfer patch I have just created. I will also put all entries together to make a slideshow as well. EDIT: This contest ends June 30th, midnight GMT

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago

TI Calculator Help

I have the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition and I have some questions. First I need to know how to graph the equation (x is greater than or equal to y) Also I put the quadratic program on my calculator but it gives the answer in decimal form, how do I view it in fraction form or is that even possible??

Posted by thouse 10 years ago

Paper Airplane Contest (Closed)

In hopes of seeing more paper airplanes and innovative designers on, I have decided to host a mini-contest. My goal is to stimulate the paper airplane channel and encourage more paper airplane builders to post their innovative designs.  Performance Requirements: Entered paper airplanes must meet or exceed these requirements: Stability at all operation speeds A minimum range of 30 feet Durability to fly 30 feet or more after 15 flights Use of less than 15 pieces of tape in construction Use of less than 5 pieces of 8.5 by 11 inch (A4) paper in construction Prizes: For this contest I will award the publishers of the top 3 paper airplanes* one patch each. By default, these patches will be medals (1st place, Patch with Gold Medal image; 2nd Place, Patch with Silver Medal image; 3rd Place, Patch with Bronze Medal Image). If the winners of the patches would like a different image, there will be a 24 hour period between the announcement of the winners and the awarding of the patches. During this time, the user would need to send me a private message with their desired picture. *Multiple entries are allowed. To keep the distribution of patches wide, each entrant can only win one prize. How To Enter: To enter this contest, you must send me a private message with your instructable's URL included. I will then put the link and author's name onto a list on this topic as "Entries". Judging: For this contest, I have decided that I will judge all the planes myself based on abilities. I have decided this way because I believe judging on performance rather than shape is a more objective approach. The contest begins Friday, December 10, 2010 and end Monday, January 10, 2011. Entries must be published before Tuesday, January 4, 2011. From January 4 to January 10, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 and issue them their prizes Wednesday, January 12, 2011. Entries:   wat.: "Hammerhead Glider" ( legoman111: "Blizzard" (

Posted by OrigamiAirEnforcer 7 years ago

Giant Spring Replica (How-to?)

I'm working on a Halloween prop (though, with what little time I already have, it looks as if I will have to use it next year), a part of which is supposed to be a metal torsion spring. I am at a loss for ideas that would look real. I suppose whatever it is, I could paint it silver. Any help would be appreciated!

Posted by Bran 10 years ago

How can I change the colour of a brass spike

Is there any way to change the colour of brass items and still keep that shiny glimmer once the colour has been changed? I want to change the silver colour brass to a burgundy blood red colour brass like on the images. Any suggestions or item recommendations to achieve this?

Posted by Darkwave5urfer 5 years ago

Touch Lamp Switch?

Is there such a thing as a switch that is touch sensitive so just a tap will activate it. I want to make a lamp out of an empty glass coke bottle and i want to be able to touch the cap to activate it. Im looking for a small piece of silver metal that will match the cap so i can place it on top, OR a way to make the actual cap the switch. Thanks!

Posted by um0123 9 years ago

Solder with plastic?

I have been soldering veeeery small devices lately and I wanted to ask the community if there are any other cheap options such as a voltage-conductive polymer (with good conductivity), I know that it may not be possible for it to have the same characteristics but soldering with glue would be so much easier, I may sound silly but it may exist already... I found this: "silver conductive epoxy" my question still lingers: Is there a true solder replacement?

Posted by dejabox 11 years ago

Solder with plastic?

I have been soldering veeeery small devices lately and I wanted to ask the community if there are any other cheap options such as a voltage-conductive polymer (with good conductivity), I know that it may not be possible for it to have the same characteristics but soldering with glue would be so much easier, I may sound silly but it may exist already... I found this: "silver conductive epoxy" my question still lingers: Is there a true solder replacement?

Posted by dejabox 11 years ago

Reflective paint for light fixture

Hello all, I am working on a light fixture and I would like to paint the walls of the fixture a reflective color in order to get a more even spread of light. I've been hearing silver and white as good options. Is one better than the other? Do I need a specific type of paint? Does it matter whether its a matte finish or glossy? Thanks, Ben

Posted by BHSilverman 7 years ago

borax, boric acid, flux

Does anybody know the relationship of borax and boric acid? Are they different forms of the same thing? Are they related at all? What if any do these have in relationships to flux to silver smithing. (I think the flux is Boric Acid but I am not sure.) I have a box of Borax, that I use to make liquid laundry soap. - I also used it to make crystal snow flakes - beautiful. Just curous.

Posted by gloflyer 9 years ago

19th Century Vampire Hunting Kit sells for nearly $15k

Want to take your vampire hunting a little more seriously? Then maybe you need a kit like this one from the 1800s which comes with stakes, mirrors, a gun w/silver bullets, a Bible, holy water, candles, and garlic.This one sold for $14,850 at auction recently, but why not make your own? Link

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago

Another Achievements/Badge Idea

Right now, there are 3 Achievements: 1-100+ Featured, 100-1000+ Comments, and, 10K-10M Views. I think it would be nice to add another achievement option: Favorites (# of times people have clicked "favorite", all of them combined) For example: 100 Fav's (bronze-easiest), 1000 Fav's silver-(Harder) and, 50,000* Fav's (gold-Almost Impossible) * either 10,000 or 20,000, 50,000 I think these can be good

Posted by Yonatan24 2 years ago

clear coated non-kink wire or conductive thread?

I'm hunting for fine, non-kink wire or conductive thread. It needs to be coated since I intend to twist two wires together, stripping the coating where I attach an LED. I like the silver/gold colors of the wire, so I want something clear coated. Or if anybody knows of a coating solution that I could apply to my wire/thread, that would work also. Thanks.

Posted by aliasjanedoe 8 years ago

How to make a Cheap HDR Light Probe for Compositing

Wal-Mart has 8 inch Silver Christmas balls for sale right now for about $2.50 Find one with a smooth paint job and relatively few ripples on at least one side. Using masking tape and plastic to mask off half of the ornament, spray paint the other half with auto primer. Mount on a dowel. This is as cheap as it's going to get, so I'd hop on it if I were you!

Posted by royalestel 10 years ago