Picture of Simple, Cheap, Electroplating
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

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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.)
Tape (Scotch)
Higgs Boson3 years ago
I've done something similar to this using copper sulfate solution and a nine volt battery. I got the positive ions to coat the negative electrode with a thin layer of copper. I like your way a lot better though, because copper sulfate is toxic, the negative ions are a component of sulfuric acid ( the positive electrode was made of tin foil and holes were corroded through it which I found very scary), you need to take steps to neutralize the substance before disposing of it, and it is more difficult to obtain. I like the simplicity of your method a lot.
blinkyblinky (author)  Higgs Boson3 years ago
1. Thank you

2. I like your idea except for the chemicals.

3. Your voltage was higher.

4. I won't write anything here. This number is unlucky in Chinese.

5. Its not my idea.

6. If you are reading this you must go back and read 5.

7. End.
sunshiine3 years ago
So Cool! I love the look! I will try this sometime and when I do I will post it here. Thanks for sharing!
blinkyblinky (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
You're welcome.