Where can I buy an ingot of bismuth in NYC?
October 26, 2009 5:28 PM   Subscribe

Where could I buy an ingot of pure (or at least 99% pure) bismuth in New York City?

I find myself in need of some bismuth before October 29th. Needs to be pure or almost pure, so I can use it for crystallization. I'd normally order it online, but can't be sure I'd get it in time, so I need to buy it from a store. NYC has everything, so I'm sure there's somewhere I could find it, but Google has thus far proven fruitless. Help, hive mind!
posted by reticulatedspline to Shopping (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
How about: http://www.thomasnet.com/metro-new-york/bismuth-metals-alloys-5291604-1.html
posted by dfriedman at 5:38 PM on October 26, 2009 [1 favorite]

It's not local at all, but Rotometals at least offers pure bismuth and next day air appears to be about $48, when it absoltuely, positively has to be bismuth...

Might be trouble if you need serious quantities, but might be a last resort for you.
posted by disillusioned at 5:40 PM on October 26, 2009 [1 favorite]

Belmont Metals of Brooklyn and Leico Industries of New York ?
posted by artlung at 5:44 PM on October 26, 2009

No need for massive quality. 1 or 2 pounds. Like this: http://www.amazon.com/Roto-Metals-BISMUTH-1-Pound-Ingot-99-99-Pure/dp/B001QUVMC8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=industrial&qid=1256604607&sr=8-1

But I need to get it before Thursday. Even overnight shipping might not get here in time. Hence why I'd prefer an actual store where I could travel there and pick it up.
posted by reticulatedspline at 5:51 PM on October 26, 2009

reticulatedspline try calling the numbers of the places I posted, they're from the same link dfriedman found and seem to have real places of business, and real phone numbers you can call and find out if they can give you what you want, or if there's another dealer you can hit locally.
posted by artlung at 6:18 PM on October 26, 2009

Alfa Aesar has a location in Massachusetts, so you might be able to get bismuth from that location (I don't know for sure, you should contact them) if you're willing to make a day trip.
posted by UrineSoakedRube at 6:18 PM on October 26, 2009

Lead-free shot (for shotguns) is often bismuth, and my understanding is that it's suitable for crystallizing. My understanding is also that you can buy it by the pound for people who do their reloading at home.

Ring around hunting/gun stores. They won't know what you're talking about if you say "bismuth shot", but you ask about lead-free shot that isn't steel, and they have something like that, you've mostly likely found it. Regular sporting-goods stores are unlikely to carry it though - reloading supplies are a bit specialty, lead-free shot is a bit specialty, combine them and it's not really a department-store item.
posted by -harlequin- at 7:10 PM on October 26, 2009

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