Ferric Chloride

Gliden07

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Has anyone tried making their own Ferric Chloride? I've watched a couple videos on making it seems easy enough just not sure if its worth the time and energy? I need some and its such a PITA to get now that Radio Shack is gone!
 

BossDog

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I buy powder on eBay. Easy to to mix and nice sealed bottle for the extra.
 

IanF

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I have a bottle of powder butseems to have all crystallised and stuck in the container. I guess some moisture got in there. Any tips on getting it out? It would be easy if I could just add water but I know this is not the thing to do with acids.
 

Gliden07

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I have a bottle of powder butseems to have all crystallised and stuck in the container. I guess some moisture got in there. Any tips on getting it out? It would be easy if I could just add water but I know this is not the thing to do with acids.
I've been reading up on the powder. According to a couple articles it will absorb enough moisture from the air to turn into a syrupy consistency. Maybe open it up and let it sit?? Don't take this as gospel as the powder is very new to me!
 

billyO

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Any tips on getting it out? It would be easy if I could just add water but I know this is not the thing to do with acids.
I'm going to push the envelope here (maybe) and suggest carefully adding waterto the bottle until you have enough to dissolve all the crystals enough to pour them out of the bottle. It's my understanding that the whole 'always pour acid into water not the other way around' suggestion is merely to minimize the risk of splashing the acid around when you pour the water in too fast. If you pour slowly and carefully, there should be no problem. Make sure you take all the other appropriate safety steps, gloves, goggles, don't have your face directly over the bottle and don't breathe any fumes coming out, etc.
 
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