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Step 8: Finish!

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-Now that the copper has formed just like you wanted it to, WITH GLOVES ON, turn off the rectifier, unplug it, remove your piece from the solution and rinse in distilled water tub.  *Regular water will work, but sometimes it contains minerals that will discolor the new metal coating on your piece*

You can use the Copper Electroforming solution over and over again, but between uses, remove the copper anode and carefully funnel the solution back into its bottle.  


Your piece should be finished!  Now you can put it on a chain, string, or anything else you've designed!

 
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ravenclaw26 days ago

When it's finished in the last step, the wire around the geode has a thick coating of copper around it. Is it hard to remove the wire from the object? It just looks like it shouldn't allow such a smooth finished copper surface. I'm just trying to wrap my brain around it haha.

forthegoodknight (author)  ravenclaw26 days ago
Yes, the copper builds up on the wire also. The key to making certain that it does not "attach" itself to the piece during the electroforming is to simply move it a bit whenever you check the piece. As long as you check it every, oh, 30 or 45 minutes then this should not be a problem. I have never had wire stick to the piece such that it causes a problem with the smoothness.
tinymuscle5 months ago

Hi, thanks for your instructable :) I was wondering if you could use copper tape around your object instead of using the paint?

forthegoodknight (author)  tinymuscle5 months ago
You know, I have no idea if it would work, but I do not see why not. The important thing is to have the copper wire touch the painted area in a few places, but only just. Touching in several places helps there to be an even layer of copper all over the painted surface. You also need to wiggle the wire around a bit whenever you check it throughout the process to prevent it "sticking" to the painted surface as the ions create the new layer of copper. IF your copper tape can accomplish those things then by all means give it a shot and let me know how it works.
tinymuscle5 months ago

Hi, thanks for your instructable :) I was wondering if you could use copper tape around your object instead of using the paint?

nona.lohr7 months ago

Hi. Thank you so much for showing people how to do this. I have a couple of questions. When you put the copper around your geode, did you wrap it all around the outside of the geode, and then put it on the back, too? And in step 8, the copper is only around the outside of the pendant. So what happened to the copper that was on the back of the geode? To send me an email please use nlohr15@comcast.net.