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« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2006, 11:06:40 am »
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Great information for the uninitiated. I used the same process to grow silver crystals years ago. Same principle- different chemicals.  Steve 


I, too love growing Silver Crystals, Steve.  And yes, the electrolyte (the wet solution part) is indeed different than for cleaning coins, etc.  That's the fun part of chemistry...finding the different amperages and electrolytes for each metal one wants to clean or plate or....

There is a cool plater's handbook by a machinist which I bought off FeeBay a couple years back.  He has them all spelled out...must be 4-5 dozen in that book if memory serves.

Whereas the electrolyte suggested at the top of this thread was water and citric acid in some form, the electrolyte for making silver crystals is dilute nitric, which is saturated with dissolved silver, just as one example.

However, the transformer I use is NOT a car battery...I use a model train transformer, which is a kick.  Put it on an Amp meter and the models I purchased have 12volts to 18volts depending upon the year/make/model. I then took a magic marker and wrote on the faceplate where different voltages were.  Silver takes a much lower jolt than gold for example.

And the even neater thing than the low cost of acquiring these little hummers is this:  you can go from + to - without changing out the position of the alligator clips. 
Simply make your "train go in reverse" by turing the dial or pulling the level to the other polarity.

Have fun.  And Happy New Year.

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« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2006, 12:53:25 pm »
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I would probably still be doing it except for the fact I just couldn't get consistant results. Sometimes the crystals were aesthetic and uniform in size. Other times- they looked like _____ .   I strived for perfection by recording all the factors each time and tried to duplicate the results of the good batches but their must have been something I wasn't aware of. Chaos was probably at work....

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« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2006, 01:18:24 pm »
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Be very careful when putting electrodes into your container, that they DO NOT touch each other.  It can be an explosive experience. Cry  Also watch your item very carefully, I experienced an Indian Nickel almost totally disappearing. Shocked.  I use an Automotive dual voltage Battery charger with a max. amperage of 10 amps/12 volt or 6 amps./6 volt.  Thanks for reading.  And Have a very Blessed and Merry CHRISTmas.  Happy Holidays to the rest.    Larry


i definetly agree on safety~but with 18v you could clamp them to your tongue & ear & 18v wont hurt you. Grin now amps~ are a shocking story!  Shocked

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« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2006, 07:07:28 pm »
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LMAO... Grin Grin Grin...yes Amps are a shocking discovery...hehehe

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« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2006, 07:09:36 pm »
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Very shocking indeed

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this process looks nice in the glass bublllllinnnngggggg
and your coins loose their value ...... bubbbllllinnnnggg
and you lose half the value of your coin .... Idiot

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Over here in UK I use a old mobile charger cut off old plug and fit croc clips job do easy but as you all say make sure you not touch croc clips and use in well ventalated area and keep an eye on process no going off chatting to lovely lady next day etc

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« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2010, 11:24:54 pm »
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Hey thanks for the info. I tried this and it worked pretty good. Finished off with a little " Mothers" polish and it puts a nice shine on the clad.


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« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2010, 03:04:50 pm »
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I use battery charger too but will have to see how fast this system works compared to battery charger. Make sure to do this outside it produces hydrogen.
Have any pics of the transformer setup I use car battery but would like to see if this is better.

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