Look, Ma! I’m silver-plated!

Evidence as to why I mos def need to be wearing some damn gloves in lab:

Apply 1 mL silver nitrate liberally and messily to one hand.  Wash vigorously.  Note observations.

It’s hard to see, but it’s splattered across my palm and runs all over my fingertips. I’ve been told this will linger for several days, but isn’t hazardous. How entertaining.

Update: Thank goodness for pumice stones. I lost several layers of skin, but I also lost most of the stains.


  • karsh

    The power of the hand…ooh…now you can be like Bart Simpson in that episode where he never washed his hand.

  • Lissa

    Alas, I don’t think I’ve seen more than about two Simpsons episodes, ever. So I’m kinda out of the loop on that one.

    What’s scary is that for a week it’s going to look like I *haven’t* washed my hands (both hands are splattered, but I couldn’t get a good picture of the other one). It’d be a good scare tactic if I didn’t freak at my own “dirty” hands every time I look at them. I just want to scrub, scrub, scrub, until it goes away. [:|]

  • Lissa


    Did I make another chemistry blunder? I’m fairly damn certain we were dealing with AgNO3 today. We were doing electrochemistry stuff–measuring the potential difference of various redox reactions…

    Okay, now I’m going to want to run to my room to get my lab book to double check. [:|]

  • Dulin

    Ohh… pretty chemical burns, I how I miss thee… There’s nothing you can do washing-wise cause it stained your skin… you’ll have to wait until you grow some more skin… I hated redox reactions…

  • Lissa


    …I pumice stoned it away in the shower, since I was about to start cutting at my flesh to get it off. Guess I’m a little more fastidious than I thought…

  • rackrent

    Ouch! I don’t know what’s pumice stone, but getting the stain off sounds painful[:|]