What are you paying for Silver Nitrate crystals?

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  1. AnselAdamsX

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    I see the Formulary has 100g for about $300. I also see an eBay seller has 100g for $100. Anybody buying from the bay? What quantity/price do you normally buy?
     
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    I get mine from Bostick and Sullivan. High quality, consistent quality, and dependable friendly people to deal with.

    100 grams to 200gm of Silver nitrate is $1.29/gram (At $129 for 100 grams, that is less than half of PF's prices). 200gm to 500gm is $1.17/gram. Over 500gm is $1.10/gram.

    I usually buy it 30 grams for $39 -- no extra shipping charges at this amount. Tho there was no extra charge when I last bought 50 grams from them.

    Vaughn
     
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    Check out Salt Lake Metals and Artcraft chemicals. Last time I checked, I think Artcraft was a bit cheaper.

    Artcraft's website currently says $112.75 for 100 grams.
     
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    Just paid $39 for 30 grams from Artcraft.
     
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    a euro a pergram is about average in europe.
     
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    $2.40 a gram here is Australia, or $2.2 a gram if buy 100grams. Although the photochemical supplier (Vanbars) is try to charge $6.60 a gram
     
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    Shane, Where are you getting the Silver nitrate at $2.40 - $2.20 per gram? Saw Vanbar's price on the weekend. Wow!
     
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    I would be interested to know why Vanbar has such very high prices right across the board. I won't even buy a single roll of film from them. $6.60 a gram forAgNO3!? You could probably source it from places like Melbourne Uni — if you're in 3Y Medicine...

    As for AgNO3, IIRC is it +200gm in half that amount of water for it to be 100% soluable? That sounds like a big premium in terms of cost...
     
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    Www.artcraft.com. The cheapest source for silver nitrate crystals bar none... $349 for a pound of it.
     
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    Here in Belgium it's a disaster to get Silver Nitrate locally, I know of one shop who sells it but you have to buy 100g at once at the whopping 420euro price-tag. I decided to just buy some pure silver and make my own crystals, it's not exactly rocket science to do.
     
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    Uncle Goose, could you detail your safety procedures and estimate your costs please?
     
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    Safety procedures are quite rudimentary, just gloves and safety glasses. The whole procedure of heating up and letting it react is of course done outside because of the toxic fumes. Cost?? well I got 70grams of pure silver in pellet form and paid about 58euro or so for it, the Nitric acid is less than 1 Euro or so since you using such a small quantity. In the end I got about 98grams of silver Nitrate, so I saved myself over 300euro just by doing it myself. I've done a few salt prints with it already so it's work pretty well.