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Thank you for this instructable. I'm planning on using it for a project and I wonder if there is a way to mask something during plating? For instance if you had a pipe that you wanted to nickel plate but you didn't want the inside of the pipe to be plated? I can imagine trying to seal it up pretty well but what if electrolyte gets in?
this could easily be considered for artful purposes, in which case it's not illegal. https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/faqs/Coins/Pages/edu_faq_coins_portraits.aspx
incorrect: Section 331 of Title 18 of the United States code provides criminal penalties for anyone who “fraudulently alters, defaces, mutilates impairs, diminishes, falsifies, scales, or lightens any of the coins coined at the Mints of the United States.” This statute means that you may be violating the law if you change the appearance of the coin and fraudulently represent it to be other than the altered coin that it is. As a matter of policy, the U.S. Mint does not promote coloring, plating or altering U.S. coinage: however, there are no sanctions against such activity absent fraudulent intent. Can I make jewelry from U.S. coins?Yes, but your business should be careful not to imply any endorsement by or association with the United States Mint in its advertising and marketing materials.https://www.usmint.gov/consumer/?action=FAQ
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