Theodore Gray does it again, with a short but sweet column on how to get the "Bismol" (Bismuth) out of Pepto-Bismol.
Start with this:
Then go through this stage:
Filter, add some Al foil, heat, cool, and voila:
In my office one of my prized possessions is a bismuth egg from Educational Innovations, made from cooling bismuth inside an egg so that it crystallizes, that looks like this:
Seems like we're most of the way to DIY bismuth eggs now. I wonder if this could fit in as a chemistry lab?