After all that discussion last week about patina on silver with
Liver of Sulfur, I have decided to give it a try. The one piece of
info I seemed to have missed, or was never discussed, was a source of
the sulfur. Where is the best place to get small quantities locally?
Can you find it at drug stores? (I’m in Ventura/Los Angeles if it
matters) Should I just order it off the internet somewhere?
And then about electroplating… A long time ago, in a land not so
far away, before I became a Jedi, there was a science fair experiment
where I electroplated a key with copper. It was one of the high
points of my elementary school career. The experiment consisted of a
half milk carton as a non-conducting container, a solution of vinegar
and something else (?) , a strip of pure copper hooked up to a
battery, as an electrode dangling from one edge of the container into
the solution, and a brass key dangling from the other edge submerged
into the solution. I think the key may also have been hooked to the
opposite pole of the battery. In a few days time, I had a completely
copper covered key that polished up real nice and still opened the
door. In fact, I proudly used that copper key for the next 6 years
until we moved. Does anyone know how to replicate this experiment,
I’ve always wanted to know how, what the solution was, how to hook up
the battery correctly, etc, but don’t have the kids library book I got
it from, and am now thinking of trying to silver plate a brass
medallion a friend of mine has in a similar manner. None of my Jewelry
books really explains the electroplating process in a home cooking
sort of way, and I haven’t had any luck looking around on the internet
for such experiments.
Thanks for any tips you may have!