low melting point


I’m learning sigil magic and how to work with sigils and I discovered something really cool just now and I’m really proud and wanted to share.
I was charging a sigil (which was written in colored purple pencil on regular printed paper (b/c purple is nice and I like purple) using the heat of a (soy? I think) candle. Basically, this candle’s wax has a low melting point and can be used as lotion (which smells really nice) and I had the idea to rub some of the lotion/wax on the paper and continue heat treating it and discovered that the paper turned translucent which is cool for a few reasons:
1. Seeing the candle light going through the paper was really good for meditating on it
2. I could now place the paper much closer to the flame w/o it igniting
3. The paper is more durable now which is nice of you’re planning on keeping a sigil in your pocket or whatever
4. It looks really cool+ you can see the sigil from both sides
So in summary: soy candles + sigils =perhaps good???


A bouncing ball of molten sodium metal during the reaction with triphenylphosphine in diglyme.

Diglyme is a high boiling point (162 °C (324 °F; 435 K)) etheral solvent what is often used in organic synthesis, since it has the ability to chelate small cations, leaving anions more active.

When adding sodium metal (shiny metal ball floating over there) to a solution of triphenylphopshine in diglyme, phenyl sodium and sodium diphenylphosphide will form (that orange colored thing at the surface of the sodium at the fourth gif). The reaction will only happen if the solvent does not contain any water, but when it starts, the whole solution will turn blood red in a few minutes (last gif).

Sodium has a low melting point (97.8 °C ​(​208 °F, 371 K)), so it’s easily melted in the hot diglyme solutions, since it does not react with it. Any protic solvent (any solvent that contains labile H+) would react with sodium, so the same trick could not be done e.g.: with water.


Recently I prepared a larger amount of 2,3-methylenedioxy-anisole what’s a white crystalline compound when pure, has a quite pleasant odor and melts at 41 °C.

Because of it’s low melting point it’s easy to recrystallize it, as seen on the video/gifs and every time it forms adorable crystals. Watch the video on full screen on high resolution.  



Made some 2,2,2-trifluoroethyl-tosylate (or: 2,2,2-Trifluoroethyl p-toluenesulfonate). This compound has a low melting point (36-38 °C) what means it crystallizes usually after a few minutes it I work with it in liquid form.

The first picture is the actual picture from a flask with some TFE-tosylate crystallized in it, the other 3 is cropped from this picture, because it has so adorable details, enjoy!

The photo could be purchased as a high quality print over here: HERE

In a Volcano

DM: There’s an island of gold sitting in a pool of lava.

Dwarf: It’s a trap. Gold melts in lava.

Human: What if the lava has a low melting point?