Here's a shot of the firebrick that was over the top of the crucible showing the blue color in question:I have not seen this color before when melting Pt metal when the Pt salt is calcined, so I assume it'slikely residual zinc. What do you think? I did not see any 'zinc cobwebs' when melting the sponge.SteveHere it is:1. Precipitate the PGM salt and vacuum filter it free of solution, rinsing with dilute ammonium chloridesolution as typical with PGM precipitations. For Pd salts redissolve in aqua ammonia, filter, and precipitate with HCl before proceeding. This will remove most of the Pt, Ir, and base metals from thePd salt.2. Rinse the PGM salt into a large beaker with a spray bottle.3. Mix up a solution of HCl and water (3 volumes of water to 1 volume of 31% HCl) in a separate beaker and stir.