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    Silver Nitrate in Australia?

    I can't get it shipped from Photographer's Formulary as it's a hazardous material, and I was informed by Vanbar in Melbourne that they can no longer source it, though they filled the rest of my photochem order without a problem...does anyone have any advice where I could find Silver Nitrate in Australia? I don't need more than 20 grams at this stage.
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    Lomb scientific (Fronine branded stuff) is my supplier at work.... They are NSW based...

    Not sure if they would sell it to anybody off the street, but Vanbar should be able to get you some from them.. or from any of the other scientific suppliers in our part of the world

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    I have had communication with a chemical company located IN Adelaide... a couple of years ago, if you google 'chemsupply' they have an online catalogue. Might be quite simple for you if you live there... if you do make contact & pay them a visit, please let me know the address as I'm often in S.A. Maybe you look them up in the phone book & speak directly, I find that the best way with my chem companies contact in the past. They have Silver Nitrate listed... and if they have more than one 'grade' listed, I think the simple 'lab-grade' will do. If they have a minimum quantity only then I may be interested in going shares with you. Chemical companies used to be quite forthcoming back in the early 90's but it seems they've gotten less friendly these days (and suspicious!!) Thats why I think direct contact is good, telling them you're an artist etc etc and you may luck on a sympathetic person!

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    Hazardous chemical, my mother as a Mother Craft Nurse, used to apply it to babies eyes IIRC for infections in the late forties and well into the very late fifties.

    How the world has changed.

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    Mick, are you sure? I thought it was capable of blinding you if it got into the eyes? Well, that's what I've been led to believe.

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    Kills the infection though!

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    After WWII my mother (and her younger sister) were Mothercraft Nurses, they specialised in pre-natal and post-natal mother and baby care.

    Living in the outback after her marriage to my father, she was apparently confronted with some very disparaging eye problems in newborn babies, something she had not encountered in the city environment where she had grown up and studied in.

    Turning to an elderly rural eye specialist she was advised in certain cases to use Silver, presumably heavily diluted, I believe it was extremely successful.

    I also know that my grandfather and great grandfather put silverware in the water tanks to keep the water clean, something I found enormously interesting as a young fella.

    Mick.

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    Silver Nitrate is used in very dilute solution as an antisceptic and was once applied to the eyes of babies at birth. In more concentrated solution, it can blind a person as it is acidic and also reacts with tissue to turn it brown.

    Silver metal colloid is now used as an antisceptic for burns.

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    Silver Nitrate

    Pure silver nitrate is caustic in the sense that it will "burn" and destroy soft tissue, such as mucous membrane and "kill' warts. It will stain skin in contact with it (e.g. fingers). It should be kept well away from children.

    Doubtless, it could scar the cornea in solid form.

    An "older" medical GP used it (on me) very successfully to cauterize small (but painful) mouth ulcers. I have not seen this treatment before or since, however the results were instantaneous and highly successful, needing only a single aplication. (He used bamboo skewer-like aplicators impregnated with the silver nitrate (at the tips) and lightly appply them briefly to the ulcer. Goodness only knows where he got them from as, after he had retired, and when I needed some more of the same, none of the younger doctors had even heard of the technique and the pharmacist was unable to source the aplicators.

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    Science Essentials in Brisbane have some stock they are clearing out. I should have a price list and quantities available in the next day or so. They have silver nitrate also available in solution (ampoules ata specific concentration), once again I will have the details either tonihgt or tomorrow morning and will let you know.
    Craig Griffiths

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