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Topic: Iron filings
Message: Posted by: ben creitz (Sep 24, 2002 09:43AM)
I want to make or buy some iron filings. Does anybody know where I can purchase them? Or where I can purchase some iron to file? Or what I should use to "file" it? I am clueless. Thank you-


OK, I found a place:


By the way, that website is an awesome place to look for prop ideas.
Message: Posted by: The Village Idiots (Sep 24, 2002 10:23AM)
Theater Effects is who I buy all of my pyro from.

Message: Posted by: MrHonesty (Sep 24, 2002 08:16PM)
If you want to save shipping costs and live in the States then try looking at a Cracker Barrel restaurant. They sell lots of little stuff like that and I know that at least the ones around here carry something nearly identical to the item linked above.

Message: Posted by: Dano (Sep 25, 2002 07:14AM)
Sounds crazy but; If you go to a toy store you can still find a toy that resembles a man with a bald head. The idea is that you move the iron filings around with a pen magnet to give him hair/moustache etc. Just a thought. :carrot:
Message: Posted by: ben creitz (Sep 25, 2002 09:42AM)
Mr. Honesty: you are exactly right. They sell the item that Dano is talking about there. And I love Cracker Barrel food. (choice of 2, sometimes 3 sides)!!! Thanks guys!
Message: Posted by: Dano (Sep 25, 2002 04:19PM)
Ben: Where else can you get iron filings & breakfast at the same time?
Mmmmmmmmm-Donut :donut2:
Message: Posted by: DoctorAmazo (Sep 26, 2002 10:40AM)
On 2002-09-25 17:19, Dano wrote:
Ben: Where else can you get iron filings & breakfast at the same time?

The breakroom at any large machine shop.... :lol:
Message: Posted by: Dano (Sep 26, 2002 12:25PM)
Good point Dr. Amaze, but do you really want to eat there? It's a roll of the dice! :die:
Message: Posted by: cheaptrick (Sep 28, 2002 06:59PM)
You can buy IRON OXIDE powder (just rusty iron filings)....
and a LOT OF OTHER NEAT stuff at...


Check it out.

Message: Posted by: blsorg (Mar 4, 2005 09:56PM)
Ben- Depending on what you're wanting to use it for... you can get steel wool and tear it up into tiny pieces.
Message: Posted by: boboshempy (Mar 4, 2005 11:07PM)
Wow that's a great site!
Message: Posted by: blsorg (Mar 5, 2005 10:24AM)
By the way Ben, I heard of a guy that put some iron fillings in a TT. While at a restaurant, he faked dumping pepper onto the table (actually the fillings).. and proceeded with some interesting PK magic.
Message: Posted by: Aaron Moring (Dec 22, 2005 11:05PM)
I was searching the archives and found this thread. Just wanted to mention: I bought an old Godzilla toy from who knows when at a thrift store. It was missing some pieces, and had some parts that I wanted. I opened up its legs and there I found two hot dog sized containers, both filled with iron filings. These were used to give the legs weight so the toy wouldn't fall over. Now I have more than I will ever need. If anyone is having trouble finding it, or wants just a small quantity, just let me know. Drop a PM or something. I don't frequent this side of the MC too much.
Message: Posted by: Dave Fiscus (Dec 24, 2005 11:58AM)
What are you using iron filings for..a magnetic effect? Weight? Pyrotechnics? There are different types, depending on your use. The ones sold through science supply houses are probably rather coarse and used for showing magnetic lines of force, or perhaps school chemical experiments. These are the type found in the toys described above in other posts. If you are using the iron for pyrotechnics (white-golden sparks) you would use a finer iron powder, it has been processed to remove oils so it will burn more rapidly. Sure, you can make your own, just file away on a big nail or other piece of iron. A power hack saw produces lots of iron filings as it cuts the metal!
Message: Posted by: kaytracy (Dec 27, 2005 03:08PM)
There is also the old trick of taking a flat file to a few nails, a vise or other clamp comes in handy to hold things still!

Of course it all depends on how much you need when to buy vs make it yourself!
Message: Posted by: Glenn Alloway (Jan 1, 2006 11:08PM)
Try a brake repair shop.

Find a good one that will re-machine the rotors on your car. These machines produce a lot of iron filings. If you ask nicely they will let you take home a big bag for absolutely nothing.

You can also try different machine shops and fab shops.
Message: Posted by: kaytracy (Jan 5, 2006 04:00PM)
Problem with brake rotors is if the locale still allows the use of brake pads containing asbestos <cough cough>
you will get this in the metal filings as well- I still say a flat file (I do not think I can use the usual name of Bast**d file)and a few nails is pretty cheap and fast!
Message: Posted by: natswift (Mar 10, 2006 09:12AM)
Hobby stores carry Iron filings. Inexpensive and easy. Visit your local hobby store. I got mine at Hobby Town USA.
Message: Posted by: malaki (Jul 17, 2017 03:43PM)
The cheapest place to get iron filings is at an auto brake shop. They use a lathe to resurface the brake drums/disks and usually have a bin full of filings that they throw away. Bring a container to put them into. I walked out with a gallon jug full, more than 30 years ago and still have plenty left. It cost me nothing.

You will probably want to sift the filings to separate the large filings from the powder that you seek, but the larger filings work very well in camp fires!
Message: Posted by: Jerskin (Oct 28, 2017 05:51PM)
Message: Posted by: Tap Roniart (Oct 29, 2017 03:03PM)
I have to agree with @Jerskin. I was just looking for iron rods for cores in electromagnets, and they sell it in quantity in all kinds of sizes, from super-fine powder to tiny chunks (as if when filed)...

First one I saw had a pond for $12, so... depends on how much, and how fine/small you need, my search:


good hunting!

P.S. if possible, unless you know for sure, get an idea of how fine you want the filings before you order a bunch! :)