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Dark Copper Galvy
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Posted on Fri Aug 18, 2006 2:11 am
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Well, if anyone remembers, I was doing an experiment where I was attempting to turn galvy copper coloured. In case you're wondering; I succeeded.

Now I could go about writing a tutorial about it, but I don't believe it's actually... worth the effort of turning galvy copper coloured. So I'm just going to post a short rundown of what I did:

Ingredients needed:

~Galvy Wire
~Ammonia
~Copper Sulphate (CuSO4) (aka bluestone)
~Paper Towels
~Rubber/latex gloves
~Container (depending on how much wire you want to colour)

DO THIS IN A WELL VENTELATED AREA I.E. OUTSIDE
1), Pour a generous Quantity of Ammonia into your container and then add Copper Sulphate (stirring) until the liquid turns a light creamy blue colour.

2) Then you dip in your wire for a few seconds then take it out of the solution and wipe dry with a paper towel

3) repeat step 2 until wire is a shiney coppery brown colour.

Things you should know:
1) leaving the wire in the solution for too long a period will result in a matte orange colour on your wire which can't be removed
2) You need to wipe the wire between dipping, else you will end up with a length of rusted looking wire or an icky matte orange colour.
3) trying to colour already cut rings or coils will not work because of #2

hmm.. I think that's all you need to know.
Any questions, just ask.

Thanks to tesserex for suggesting the ammonia



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Posted on Fri Aug 18, 2006 4:17 am
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Really cool (I love chemicals), but it begs the question: why not just use copper? I'm curious as to what advantages copper-coloured galvy has over it.


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Posted on Fri Aug 18, 2006 6:14 am
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Posted on Fri Aug 18, 2006 7:49 am
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And I think copper might not be avalible to everyone but galvy should be.

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Posted on Fri Aug 18, 2006 9:43 am
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more tests will be conducted in future. Also, since I'm lacking in the camera department, could someone give this a shot and take some photos? either that or you can all wait till november.



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Posted on Fri Aug 18, 2006 1:38 pm
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Interesting. might be a good cheap way to get "strong copper" Razz

Have you tried using copper-coated Steel?


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Posted on Fri Aug 18, 2006 4:41 pm
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So does this stuff turn ya green like copper can?

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Posted on Fri Aug 18, 2006 9:50 pm
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how easy does the coloring ware off?
does it come off when you wind it into coils?

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Posted on Sat Aug 19, 2006 4:30 am
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mical - no

alex - doesn't come off and no



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Posted on Sat Aug 19, 2006 5:29 am
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For those wondering, the copper trades places with the zinc in the sulfate solution. The longer you leave it the deeper the replacement gets but a thin coat should be pretty shiny. It basically is producing your own copper coated steel.

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