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Silver Crown Ring - too bright? [message #36375] Mon, 10 October 2011 22:11 UTC Go to next message
avatar MichaelMueller  is currently offline MichaelMueller
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Hi,

I've tried the "silver" material for the first time. The details are really great compared to stainless steel! Smile
The only bad thing was, that I'm not very happy with the "bright" look of the standard silver. In my eyes, it looks cheap and not valuable like it should be.
I guess it would be much better if the deeper parts are dark. This certainly happens all by itself when using the ring a lot, cause it gets oxidised after a while.

To get this effect instantly, I've used electrolysis to get a "used look".

http://www.shapeways.com/openfile/299286/photos/photo52336.jpg

The original "silver" ring is on the right. The left ring is the one with the "electrolysis finishing".
I'm kind of happy now and I'll certainly use the silver material again!

If you want to try this for your own and if you need some hints... just send me a message. There are also a lot of links in the web how to do this.
All you need is a glass, water, salt, wire and a 12 volt dc power supply. Wink

Michael

[Updated on: Mon, 10 October 2011 22:30 UTC]


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Re: Silver Crown Ring - too bright? [message #36379 is a reply to message #36375 ] Tue, 11 October 2011 00:06 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The darker one looks great. I remember someone else on this forum once recommended Blacken-It, which apparently does the same thing.
http://www.micromark.com/Blacken-It-4-fl-oz,7267.html
Looks like you've got a good solution already though.


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Re: Silver Crown Ring - too bright? [message #36390 is a reply to message #36379 ] Tue, 11 October 2011 03:18 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Cool

Posted it on the blog, I am a little scared to ask you for a tutorial as I fear it may be on the dangerous side Smile



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Re: Silver Crown Ring - too bright? [message #36414 is a reply to message #36390 ] Tue, 11 October 2011 13:20 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks for adding it to the blog!
The technique is pretty harmless by using a low voltage power supply. Worst case, the power supply could be damaged by a short circuit but it's in no way dangerous. Keep the glass of water away from the power socket where you plugged in the power supply and everything is fine. Wink
I would say it's like drinking a glass of water and charging a phone at the same time... I guess not very dangerous. Wink
I ll post a tutorial in the "Post Production Techniques" forum in the next few days. Feel free to delete it, if I m wrong about the safety.
Michael


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Re: Silver Crown Ring - too bright? [message #36416 is a reply to message #36375 ] Tue, 11 October 2011 14:21 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Maybe an "at your own risk" tag is necessary.


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Re: Silver Crown Ring - too bright? [message #36417 is a reply to message #36414 ] Tue, 11 October 2011 14:25 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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ha, sounds fine to me, the site I found a tutorial on was more dangerous than the process with a bounty of pop-ups..

It would be great if you could share.

Thanks



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Re: Silver Crown Ring - too bright? [message #36438 is a reply to message #36375 ] Tue, 11 October 2011 20:45 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Looks cool! My guess is : Dissolve baking soda in a plastic container of water. Wrap 1 wire around the ring and connect to negative of the battery/power supply and submerge in the water. And stick the end of the other wire connected to the positive on the terminal and submerge in the water without touching the ring.


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Re: Silver Crown Ring - too bright? [message #36439 is a reply to message #36438 ] Tue, 11 October 2011 21:02 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hi Roofoo,
yes, thats almost it. Wink Make sure to connect the silver ring to the positive wire, not the negative!
I ve connected the other wire (negative) to a peace of metal, like a spoon and put both in the soda water. It works in seconds,depending on the power of the power supply.
Its really easy and brings great results.
I ll make a few photos and put all together to a tutorial so everybody can try.
Michael


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Re: Silver Crown Ring - too bright? [message #36440 is a reply to message #36375 ] Tue, 11 October 2011 21:14 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Those are some really great results. I would call this safe enough for kids, but as Micheal says, you are going to want a current-limited power supply. Many similar online tutorials suggest a lead-acid battery, like a car battery, as an alternative 12-volt supply, and that can be dangerous. Short-circuiting batteries can create sparks or a fire. Rapid electrolysis can generate hydrogen, and obviously the battery is filled with acid. Let's have fun but be careful!


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Re: Silver Crown Ring - too bright? [message #36461 is a reply to message #36439 ] Wed, 12 October 2011 03:53 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Love the finish on the darker ring. Is it possible to create this effect on other metals like stainless steel?


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Re: Silver Crown Ring - too bright? [message #36537 is a reply to message #36461 ] Wed, 12 October 2011 20:40 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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It works on stainless steel too, but the color is different. It's more like green rust but not bad at all.
Michael


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Re: Silver Crown Ring - too bright? [message #36612 is a reply to message #36537 ] Thu, 13 October 2011 21:23 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I ve posted a tutorial in the "post production techniques" forum. I hope its useful if someone wants to try the magic of electrolysis. Wink
http://www.shapeways.com/forum/index.php?t=msg&th=6714&a mp;start=0&

Michael


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Re: Silver Crown Ring - too bright? [message #36644 is a reply to message #36375 ] Fri, 14 October 2011 16:58 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Folks, you really don't have to go messing around with liquid and electricity to get this effect. Simple oxidation and subsequent polishing of highlights will do the same thing. There are two ways to do this, the first I've done and the second I learned about here on the SW forums, I believe, but haven't yet tried.

1) Use Liver of Sulphur (or Sulfer) - do a search on the 'net for instructions.

2) MUCH easier: Take a couple of hard-boiled eggs, break them up a bit and put into a see-thru airtight container with the silver. Check frequently and you should soon see the silver darkening. Once you have it where you want it remove and rinse in water to stop further oxidation. Polish highlights, as above.

Edit: If I had taken the time to read the rest of the Blog that brought me here I would have seen this already discussed!

[Updated on: Fri, 14 October 2011 17:02 UTC]


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Re: Silver Crown Ring - too bright? [message #36645 is a reply to message #36644 ] Fri, 14 October 2011 17:44 UTC Go to previous message
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As told before, this technique is safe, but if you are not familiar with terms like "volt" and "ampere" you should probably use boiled eggs.
Michael

[Updated on: Fri, 14 October 2011 17:45 UTC]


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