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« on: August 04, 2009 10:45:28 AM »

My dad is interested in doing a bit of this with the kids (weird things they find outside and stuff) but also making some jewlery so i wanted to find out about silver and gold plating as well as a cheap metal just for fun. anyone here have any links or info about making a machine or buying one that doesn't cost thousands of dollars and any other tips?

thanks so much for any info you've got. the internet is just too huge to find what you want sometimes. it's like the biggest super store ever, i get totally lost.  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2009 12:11:58 AM »

Word of caution; not something I'd do with kids around, and not something I'd do in your house. Electroplating involves some exceedingly nasty chemicals. The friendliest version I'm aware of involves old, used photographic fixative and even that stuff is harsh. My 2 cents is if you don't have a fair bit of money to put into setting it up properly it may be something you want to avoid.
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2009 05:22:53 AM »

Really? but this little version doesn't look dangerous or caustic or use nasty chemicals.
http://www.finishing.com/faqs/howworks.html

i'm willing to give it a go but wanted some advice first since i have never done anything like it.

and of course the kids wouldn't be doing it themselves. just picking out what to plate.
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2009 11:11:55 AM »

Here is a great tutorial for electroplating items, this particular one shows a non metal object but with a metal object you would just skip straight to the plating and not have to use metal paint and lacquer.

http://etsymetal.blogspot.com/2008/01/electroforming-tutorial-iris-seed-pod.html

I bought my amp for around $200 off ebay and it has served me well.  Good luck in your venture.
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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2009 12:36:54 PM »

that's freaking fantastic. thank you so incredibly much for that, we're going to try it for sure. wow, what a great tutorial.

i did a quick ebay search, what exactly should i be looking for? it must be an 18-amp Digital Rectifier? that's what she says to use.

thanks again!

ETA i found this link searching for amps
http://www.katefowle.com/pages/tips.php
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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2009 06:55:14 AM »

I had already seen that tutorial as well (I researched for months before I actually purchased mine) but found that the other was more helpful since there were more step by step process pictures. 

http://www.caswellplating.com/kits/index.html
here is a site where you can buy your solution and anodes but I find that if doing non metal objects that you can buy smaller quantities of the conductive paint on ebay
http://cgi.ebay.com/CONDUCTIVE-18-SILVER-PAINT-15-grams-brush-in-cap_W0QQitemZ270305463400QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3eef760c68&_trksid=p3286.m20.l1116


This is the amp I have though, I found I didnt have to have the 18 that the 10 worked fine
http://www.ottofrei.com/store/product.php?productid=1554

Hope this helps you out.
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2009 09:42:56 AM »

Hope this helps you out.
so incredibly much. thank you Smiley
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