HOW TO CREATE SODIUM OXIDE WITH HOUSEHOLD MATERIALS WITHOUT BLOWING YOURSELF UP
Extracting sodium from sodium chloride using electrolysis is the easiest and most efficient way to extract sodium and is used all over the world today and it can be done at home, it’s just that no web sites or references ever tell you how because of the danger of it combusting or reacting. Sodium then quickly combines with oxygen in the air to form sodium oxide. Sodium oxide not only reacts violently with water and acids, it is also corrosive and can burn or destroy flesh. Of course, I haven’t tried it because of these reasons, but it should be possible. You shouldn’t even think of trying this either. But theoretically, here’s how it should be done:
1. Collect a few size D or 9 volt batteries. If you don’t have many, one should suffice if it isn’t completely used up or expired. If you don’t have any, collect a few AA or AAA batteries.
2. Collect a length of bell wire. If you don’t have any, you could get some at places like Home Depot. They also come with most electricity science kits.
3. Get two needles. They have to be metal so they can conduct electricity.
4. Collect quite a bit of sodium chloride, or table salt. It’s best to get pure salt, not iodized salt or something like that.
5. Get a pair of waterproof gloves and safety goggles.
6. Moisten the salt quite a bit, then microwave it so it dries and clumps up.
7. Wait for a dry day. Sodium oxide reacts explosively with the smallest amount of liquid water, so be careful to select a day with low humidity.
8. Cut the bell wire into pieces, many short and two long. Tape the smaller pieces of wire to the batteries, the positive terminal of one to the negative terminal of the next. Do not make a loop of batteries or short circuit any or all of the batteries. That could create an explosion that could result in injury or death.
9. Put the chain of batteries near a flat, dry, non-metal surface in a place with good ventilation. Make sure everything is completely dry.
10. Tape one end of each of the two long wires to the chain of batteries and the other end to a needle. Make sure the needles don’t touch. Put an extra large amount of tape where the bell wire and the needles meet. That will be where you hold the needles.
11. Put the salt in a big lump on the flat surface.
12. Put on the waterproof gloves and safety goggles. You wouldn’t want any sweat to get on the sodium oxide and the sodium oxide to get on you.
13. Hold one needle in each hand. Roll down your sleeves if you have long sleeves. Stick one needle into each side of the clump of salt.
14. Depending on the batteries, white or grey granules or powder will begin to form in either a few seconds or a few minutes. Move the needles around when this happens so the electricity has to take different paths.
15. Soon, most of the salt would have become sodium oxide. You don’t have to make it all sodium oxide, as long as it’s enough so that it will blow up. Remove the needles and disconnect the batteries.
16. Tilt the surface so that all the sodium oxide slides into a bucket, bag, bowl, box, or other container.
17. Keeping your protective goggles and waterproof gloves on, dump it in your pool or squirt lemon juice in it. If you don’t have access to either one, dump it in your friends swimming pool.