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Please read CAUTION!! and WARNING!! before proceeding.

First you need to prepare a dilute lye solution.  Label an eyedropper bottle or squirt bottle "Lye-poison" so the bottle will not confused with something else.  Work in a sink so that any spills will be contained.  Lye gives off eye-stinging fumes when mixed with water.  To avoid inhaling fumes, hold your breath and wear goggles while doing the following procedure.

Working over a sink, put 8 teaspoons of distilled water in a sturdy glass then stir in 1 teaspoon of lye.  Stir until the lye is dissolved.  Heat will be generated as the lye dissolves and the glass may get fairly hot.  You may want to close your eyes to avoid eye-stinging fumes, taking a peek periodically.

Pour the lye solution into a labeled eyedropper bottle or squirt bottle.

If you are using pH paper, tear off several 1/4" pieces and put them on a piece of white paper on a plate.

For the best accuracy, recalibrate the pH paper throughout the day with changes in temperature and humidity, as well as day-to-day.  Buffer solutions of pH 4, 7 and 10 will help with this.  Sources of pH buffer solutions are listed near the end of this document under LAB SUPPLIES.

If you are using dried sea minerals, mix 1/2 cup of dry material with 2 cups of distilled water.  This makes sea water.  Now proceed as described below:

[Note - These methods were not well tested before being added to this document. More recent experimentation with these methods reveals that they do not work as suggested and may actually be detrimental to the final product. The "purification" step is not necessary to get good ORMUS precipitate for plant or animal use. Plant experiments suggest that if the precipitate is dried out it no longer has any measurable benefits for plants.

These methods are still included in this document because they might be useful as a basis for some future method of assaying the ORMUS content of the precipitate. The second method seems to work best.]