I always have a few things on my lists of to-dos. I finally reached my Electroplating one and did a bit of research. I found that, not only does it take a lot of money, it also is fairly corrosive. So I found a better and simpler way using household items.
Step 1: Get the Parts
You will need:
1 half cup of vinegar (double for bigger proportions.)
1 tablespoon of Salt (double for bigger proportions.)
2 bowls (plastic, takeout containers...nothing expensive.)
4/5 batteries with accompanying holders (double AA, non-rechargeable, with about 1 volt left in each-you may need 5 if you only have 1 volt per.)
Coins: Quarters, Pennies (Find one dated before 1982.) (Pennies are more successful...believe me.)
Copper Tape (Only if you can't find a penny or don't want to.)
2 aligator clip jumper wires (unless you are using copper tape.)
Step 2: Transfer.
Take your vinegar and pour it in one bowl. Take the salt and put it in the other. Take your jumpers and connect the anode to the penny and place it into the salt container and tape it. Make sure it doesn't touch the bottom. If you are using copper tape, fold a few millimeters of copper so that sticky touches sticky, then fold it over touching the wire. Then to concentrate it, fold it over at the bottom.
Step 3: Assemble.
Connect the one battery holder go the other. Then, connect the anode to the penny (positive) and then connect the quarter to the cathode. Tape this to the side. Add the salt in this container and let's move on...