For simple electro chemical work the voltages required are very low--
on the order of 3 volts DC generally a little less. The currents
required will usually be well handled at less than 3 amps.
You can work with battery chargers, car batteries, and even wall
warts ( simple plug in adapters for consumer electronics) but these
have good controls and good meters-- cheap and a lot less fuss.
Electroforming works best with very low currents-- less than 1 amp
for jewelry scale.
Currents required are based on the size of the object-- jewelry
scale is definitely at the low end.
They can be used for electrocleaning too.
After building my own small power supplies for electro chemical work
I found these:
They cost less than what I built, work as well and include better
meters. I have added to my mess with some of these too, and use them
instead of mine. The first three are for work other than reactive
there are more expensive ones.
These are built for educational and electronic hobbyist use-- they
don't have a jewelry tool markup
For reactive metal anodizing: ( higher output voltage)
free gift with $50 purchase! This really makes them even a better
I have no connection with these people other than as an occasional
There is process in the orchid archives and on the web. -
don't fear looking.