Electroless Silver Plating - using Silver Chloride, Salt and Cream of Tartar
Preparing the Electroless Silver Plating Powder
Prepare a powder using the following proportions: (by weight)
1 gram Silver Chloride - (We sell Silver Chloride if you need some)
2 grams Cream of Tartar - (Common Compound used in baking)
3 grams Sodium Chloride - (NaCl, Ordinary table salt)
Grind the Silver Chloride and Table Salt into a fine powder, using a mortar and pestle.
Combine all three ingredients.
They can be stored indefinately (if stored in a dark place).
This will make enough to plate about 37 square inches of metal surface.
Using the Powder
1 - Polish and Clean the metal surface you wish to plate.
Water will cling to the entire metal surface when it is clean enough.
2 - Pour a generous amount of powder on the metal surface you wish to plate.
3 - Moisten a paper towel or soft cloth, and use it to rub the powder onto the metal.
Pour some powder onto the clean metal you wish to plate.
Rub with a wet Paper Towel or Soft Cloth.
This is what it will look like in about a minute.
Rinse off your excess powder and gently polish the silver.
NOTE: The powder works beter after it has been ground into a fine powder.
NOTE: Your base metal must be absolutely 'chemically' clean.
NOTE: A good cleaning solution is Automatic Dishwasher Detergent and Water.
NOTE: This method produces a very thin silver plating. Heavy Polishing will remove the plating.
NOTE: This will plate to Copper, Brass, Zinc, Tin, Aluminum and (a little - to Stainless Steel).
NOTE: If you want shiny Silver Plating, then you must first polish your base metal.
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