Why in South Africa is the silver conductive paint unobtainable? The
silver conductive paint is so much more expensive than a similar
paint made with copper. Have you checked for the copper paint that
is made with real copper and electroconductive?
I do not know what the hazardous fees (postage) would be for shipping
the copper paint that is available from Unique Solutions, but if you
are interested, I will check to see if it can be shipped. United
Parcel Service (UPS) is the way to go for that type of material. I
will also have to check if South Africa will allow it into the
country. Sometimes, government regulations out weigh the ability to
obtain of these types of materials. It is considered hazardous
because of the nature of the liquid. I have to pay a hazardous
materials fee if I ship stateside, by the way.
Here is South Florida we are doing extensive work with electroforming
baths coating the wax with the paint, electroforming, then burning
out the wax. Incredible forms are able to be transformed into metal.
We electroform in copper, then if need be, continue to plate with a
sealing layer (usually nickel) and then plate to silver or gold. The
nickel does not let the copper leach out to the next layer.
Good luck on your project.
Beth Katz, Unique Solutions, Inc.
Paste Solder & Powder Solder for Metalsmiths and Jewelers
Conductive Paint for Electroforming