I’m a hobbyist who casts jewelry in my garage but I also have recently got into 3D printing. I like to create other types of art and was thinking of an idea. I have a resin printer that makes high resolution and if I design an item that is too large to cast (my centrifugal casting machine only likes small flasks) I was thinking of coating my small sculptures in thin plated bronze.
My understanding of how baby shoes and other non-metallic items are bronze plated is that they spray a copper infused liquid that makes the outside of the baby shoes conductive. Then they simply do an electro-plating process which is easy.
But what exactly is the “copper infused liquid” that makes the baby shoes conductive? Is there a recipe for this? And what keeps it from washing off of the baby shoes or in my case the printed resin while it get’s electroplated (it’s immersed in a bath)?
If anyone knows where I can learn how to re-create this method, I’d appreciate it.