I continue my experiments with natural materials in electroplating.
I mastered the process of electrochemical patination.
This is similar to the process of electroplating -
electric power supply + electrolyte
(composition of the solution is different from the copper plating electrolyte).
Depending on the solution temperature and immersion time the leaves are painted in a rainbow of colors -
from golden to dark purple.
I have not yet learned how to control this process,
so each new detail has a unique coloring.
And it's very interesting :)
A long time electroplating seemed to me a magic. However, when I decided to study this process, it appears that there is nothing magical, but only chemistry and physics. Briefly, this process can be described as follows: Electric current flows through the electrical circuit in the electrolyte, and metal ions which it contains are plated on the cathode. Depending on the composition of the electrolyte, any metal can be deposited on any surface.
For me, the most accessible were the components for copper plating. Copper sulfate I bought at the store for gardeners; sulfuric acid, distilled water and power supply - in the automotive store; copper tubes - in the hardware store.
I gathered all the necessary and now I have a home installation for electroplating.
I decided to cover the copper the natural materials. And I was very lucky - the beginning of my experiments coincided with the summertime when a lot of flowers, leaves, cones and branches.
Also, I had some the stones and glass, which turned into original jewelry.
|necklaces & pendants|
I continue my experiments with the coating, patina and color
a continuation of the story - start here
In my house suddenly appeared -
copper sheet, hammer, anvil, gas torch, soldering board, soldering iron, flux, solder and other previously unknown things for me.
And I enthusiastically started hammering and soldering
I really like to create jewelry from copper in various techniques.
And recently I discovered a new exciting process - electroplating.
But I will tell about it a little later :)
to be continued...