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Apr 16, 2018 - 5:04:05 PM



2056 posts since 4/6/2005

I posted another thread asking about getting gold plated parts with the old worn patina look....not bright and shiny....
Was wondering if anyone had ever expiremented with copper flashed only hardware?
Assuming it would tarnish fairly quickly?
No sound difference?
Any negatives?
Where would you get it?

Apr 16, 2018 - 7:12:36 PM

10935 posts since 10/30/2008

Copper tarnishes VERY fast. And is very difficult to clean off. Even when new it's VERY brown.

I used to fool with copper flashing/plating when I was a teenager and got a little bit of chemistry in school -- electrolytes, cathodes, anodes, basic DC circuits, etc.  I used a Lionel train transformer to get DC current and hung a big coil of copper wire in a flask of vinegar for electrolyte.  Completed with the circuit with the blade of my nice hunting knife suspended in the vinegar.  Once I got the polarity right I could copper plate that knife blade in a minute!   But just putting the knife back in the leather sheath would wear the copper right off.

Edited by - The Old Timer on 04/16/2018 19:15:42

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