Simple Copper plating

Step 3: Assemble and start plating!

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step1 - connect the copper electrode to the positive side of the battery, and dip it in the copper sulphate sollution(copper sulphate crystals dissolved in water).

step2 - connect the carbon electrode to the negetive end of the battery and dip it in the sollution too.

step3 - drop the metal object you want to plate into the sollution.
edit: as pointed out by @HeWantsRevenge in the comments-  for a nice even coating, it might be a good idea to suspend the object.. with thread or wire.

thats it. 
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Nirgal382 years ago
The sort of battery from which you'd get a carbon rod is the old style dry cell, not one of the newer alkaline batteries. The black powder surrounding the rod is manganese dioxide, a useful chemical but it should be handled with caution. It's also messy as all get out so do it outside.

These batteries (actually, they are cells... Batteries are made of several cells in a series) shouldn't contain any liquids to "squirt" into your eyes. Nevertheless, anyone working with chemicals without proper eye protection is asking for trouble.
chaitanyak (author)  Nirgal382 years ago
thanks for that highly informative comment.
i appreciate it.
Dumchicken3 years ago
does vinegar work?
chaitanyak (author)  Dumchicken3 years ago
no clue, never tried
also well i want to say to every one ho read this


sorry but this is not safe

p.s. use penneys insted they work just as well(with vinegar)
chaitanyak (author)  Dumchicken3 years ago
yup i should have mentioned that earlier.. will add the warning now.
.. though have never seen a battery "squirt" anything in all the times i've dismantelled them.. still i guess it could happen. warning duly noted
well if your yousing a hammer to open it...
youper03 years ago
..How does this work with the key just siting in the liquid????

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