This high quality off-the-shelf terminal block will be used to hold the pure silver wires at a certain distance to prevent electrical short circuit that will deter the silver ions from forming and suspending themselves into the distilled water in your glass.
How to Make your Own Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver is composed of suspended silver ions. Silver ions can be formed through a simple method called electrolysis.
The introduction of electrical pressure forces the silver ions out from the silver wire connected to the negative terminal of the battery, to the silver wire that is connected to the positive terminal of that same battery.
It is for this reason that you need to switch your wire on the next session to prevent one from being thinner than the other.
Over time, a stream of silver ions will form from negative to positive and this needs to be avoided, unless you want your ions to deposit themselves on the positive wire rather than in the water. Move your wires around to break this electrical connection which may consume more energy than needed.
All ions that are separated from the silver wire will retain its electrical charge by virtue of its being ionic, and will remain suspended even after the electrical pressure, i.e. battery, is removed. It is also this same electrical charge that will neutralize any virus on contact.
This ability to remain suspended in water is what makes it colloidal, and it is due to the basic law of nature, i.e. like magnetic poles repel, unlike poles attract.
How to Determine the presence of Suspended Silver Ions?
Making your first colloidal silver with distilled water will give you a clearer picture of what pure silver ions look like as it displays a yellowish tinge on your colloid.
Another way of verifying the presence of silver ions in the mixture is to test it with a laser beam.
Once the presence of suspended silver ions is verified, you need to preserve its potency, i.e. electrical charge, by not exposing the same to direct heat and light. Store in dark bottles and keep in a cool dry place.