What Are Those Flakes In My Jar?

30 Years of Experience with Colloidal Silver

People ask:

“What are those little flakes and silvery bits floating in or at the bottom of the mason jar?”

These flakes and bits are the perfectly normal residue of the colloidal silver making process.

They are why we recommend pouring your batch of colloidal silver through a paper coffee filter before using or storing it. Here is why:
When you make colloidal silver, literally billions of silver ions are dispersed throughout the distilled water in the mason jar. These are silver atoms that have a positive electrical charge. These ions are so small that they are completely invisible. Some of them lose their electrical charge by gaining free electrons from the surroundings, and they clump together into tiny (nano-scale) colloidal particles.
The colloidal particles are also invisible, although they may give the solution a very slight straw-colored tint.

However, as a normal part of the process, there is also some amount of “macro” silver that comes off of the rods. Tiny bits of silver may flake off of the rods due to stress cracks, but most of what you see is silver oxide that forms when oxygen from the air combines with some of the silver from the rods.

Neither the silver flakes nor the silver oxide are at all harmful, but because of their “macro size,” they are not particularly helpful either. This is why we recommend using a paper coffee filter to strain out this “macro” silver residue.

The silver ions and colloidal particles are so small that they flow right through the paper filter, while the macro silver is left behind.

What is left then is pure colloidal silver, nominally 10 PPM (Parts Per Million) that should appear perfectly clear like water, or very slightly straw-colored.

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