Iron-oxide

Reported on February 8th, 2017, this orange alligator was spotted in Hanahan, South Carolina. Much like the alligator of the same color that was photographed in 2011, there are a few causes that could have made this creature the color it appears. Jay Butfiloski, the Department of Natural Resources’ Alligator Program Coordinator, believes that the alligator might be this color because of where it was residing during the colder months. He said “[It] might be iron oxide that has discolored it" after it had been living in a rusty pipe. Others believe it could be because of the high amount of clay deposits in the area. However Butfiloski does not deny that this could be a new color mutation entirely.

Trump Survival Tip No. 10: Thermite

Ever wanted to stop an armored vehicle stupid-easily, with something that’s legal, very safe to store and use, easy to acquire, and burns like Satan’s asshole? Molotov cocktails might look very impressive, but there’s an incendiary that does all those things and that we’ve all been overlooking: thermite.

Thermite, for the uninitiated–which, let’s be real, it’s the Internet, you’ve all heard of thermite–is a non-explosive incendiary powder made from aluminum filings and iron oxide. It is completely safe to store, since it’s basically just metal dust. Like an 80% lower (more on that right here), it’s pretty much untraceable, as both rust and aluminum filings can be manufactured at home or bought at a hardware store with zero paperwork. And when ignited, it burns at around 2500 Fahrenheit (1400 C), also known as half the temperature of the goddamn sun.

Rust can be manufactured at home pretty easily. Take steel wool, put it in a jar filled with water. Weigh the wool down with a magnet so it doesn’t float. Add 5tbs of bleach and 5tbs of vinegar. Let it sit for a day or two, then filter the resultant brown paste with a coffee filter. Alternatively, you can go to a paint store, where they sell it pretty cheap for pigment mixing, or eBay, where you can straight-up buy it.

Aluminum is also pretty easy to get. Take a grinder to something made of aluminum (cans, bike parts, whatever) and collect the sparks, and bam, aluminum filings. Machine shops will probably give you plenty in exchange for sweeping. Or, like rust, paint shops and eBay are viable options as well.

Mix your two powders at a ratio of 8 parts rust to 3 parts aluminum, by weight. Aluminum is pretty light so it’ll look about fifty-fifty. Mix evenly. Optionally, you can mix four parts thermite with one part modeling clay to get moldable thermite. You can’t light thermite with a normal match; get a magnesium sparkler or bit of magnesium ribbon and light that, and you’re good to go. Now you can melt through the engine block of an armored car like the Alien’s blood through the Nostromo.

Remember: when we fight, we win, so know how to fight!

Landscape in agate.

This beautiful picture was taken by John Koivula of the Gemmological Institute of America, and shows inclusions of goethite and haematite (iron oxides) in a specimen from Brazil. It won first place in the 1984 Nikon small world photomicrography competition. It was taken in transmitted light with the help of fibre optic side illumination at 30x magnification. What wonderful things gems have within.

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Siren’s Song Sugar Scrub: $8.99 + shipping

Blue as the sea, tropical fruits scents that make you wanna curl up in a hammock on the beach, and a bit of sparkle. This scrub is definitely the tempting call of a siren.

The Little Shop of Curiosity scrubs are like none other; they’re packed solid in a 4 oz jar. Made from all organic coconut oil, Shea Butter, and a mix of 3 other oils, these hydrating scrubs are solid until they are warmed a bit. Whether it’s bringing it into your scalding shower with you, rolling it a bit in your hands, or even giving it a few seconds in the microwave, once these scrubs are warmed up, they’re ready to go!

Ingredients: Cane sugar, coconut oil, shea butter, grapeseed oil, almond oil, apricot oil, fragrance oil, mica, titanium oxide, iron oxide, chromium oxide green.

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Mineral Lot #3 - Retail price $30

ON SALE for $25 (free shipping in the USA)

This lot includes everything you see in the pictures- A set of small beauties! Tangerine quartz (quartz naturally coated in an iron oxide), a natural Zambian citrine, a golden apatite, a larimar cabochon, a rare dumortierite included quartz crystal, and a small polished rutilated quartz. 

If you’re interested in a lot, you send me the lot number, your email address, and country over the instant messenger here on tumblr. If you were the first to claim it, I will let you know! If you live outside the USA, please make sure to let me know what country you live in, so I can let you know how much shipping is!

The payment method used is paypal invoice which is sent to your email. You don’t need a paypal account to pay, just a credit or debit card. The invoices will all be sent after all the lots have been posted.

Invoices must be paid in 12 hours. If you don’t pay, it will go up for grabs again. Please do not claim a lot if you know you can’t/won’t pay. It really adds a lot of stress to this already quick paced sale.

You can claim as many as you want. Good luck! :)

Platter (Ōzara) with Pine Tree.  Momoyama period (1573–1615), Japan.  Stoneware with underglaze iron oxide decoration (Hizen ware, Karatsu type).  Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2015.  MET

Touch of the Fae Sugar Scrub: $8.99 + shipping

Lovely as a flower, with scents twined in roses, jasmine, and lilac, and a soft golden shimmer, there’s no possible way to not feel among the Fae.

The Little Shop of Curiosity scrubs are like none other; they’re packed solid in a 4 oz jar. Made from all organic coconut oil, Shea Butter, and a mix of 3 other oils, these hydrating scrubs are solid until they are warmed a bit. Whether it’s bringing it into your scalding shower with you, rolling it a bit in your hands, or even giving it a few seconds in the microwave, once these scrubs are warmed up, they’re ready to go!

Ingredients: Cane sugar, coconut oil, shea butter, grapeseed oil, almond oil, apricot oil, fragrance oil, mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxide.

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Glazing with my transparent #acrylicpaint set from @trekell_art_supplies . I’m using a 50/50 mixture of yellow iron oxide with Indian yellow here. #trekell #craola #trekellproteam #righttoolsforthejob

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