Copper Electroforming Starter Kit – 2 Litre (UK and EU only)

You can purchase this kit as it is or if you wish, you can use it as a guide to put together your own bespoke kit. Click on the items in the list to see detailed product information.

£667.86 + VAT

MF Rectifier

£124.16 + VAT

Black Lead Short (0.25 metre)

£4.04 + VAT

Red Lead Short (0.25 metre)

£4.21 + VAT

Copper Crocodile Clip

£4.98 + VAT

Magnetic Stirrer

£98.64 + VAT

Plating Beaker - 2 Litre 

2 litre

Beaker Ring for Plating in a Beaker - 2 Litre 

2 litre

Platinum Rod Electrode for Beaker Plating × 4 - 2 Litre 

2 litre

Anode Bag × 4 - 2 Litre 

2 litre

Copper Electroforming Solution (UK and EU only) × 2 - 1 Litre 

1 Litre

Copper Electroforming Brightener + 3ml Pipette - 100ml 

100ml

Copper Electroforming Replenisher - 250g 

250g

Conductive Paint (UK and EU only) - 7g 

7g

Weighing Tray

£0.39 + VAT

Plating Stand

£34.25 + VAT

Plating Arm and Boss

£59.95 + VAT

Gold Plated Jigging Wire

£2.71 + VAT

Rinse Bottle

£6.96 + VAT

Safety Glasses

£3.93 + VAT

Assorted Nitrile Gloves

£1.00 + VAT

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This Copper Electroforming Starter Kit – 2 Litre is a stripped-down version of the full Copper Electroforming Kit but still maintains most of its functionality.

Please note that solution heating is not supplied with this kit so it should be operated in ambient temperatures over 18 centigrade.

This  kit also comes in a 500ml and 1 litre version. Links to these can be found below in the ‘Related Products’ section.

Orders outside UK and EU

This kit cannot be purchased and shipped outside the UK and the EU because it includes our Copper Electroforming Solution (UK and EU only), one of our range of plating solutions that are regulated for transport.

If you are outside the UK and the EU then you should consider purchasing our Copper Electroforming Solution (export outside UK and EU only). Please see the ‘Related Products’ section below this tabbed panel for the relevant product links.

With the Copper Electroforming Starter Kit – 1 Litre you’l be able to Electroforming on many non-conductive surface such as plastic, stone, leaves and glass.

To position the rod electrodes and anode bags correctly in the beaker, make sure that the anode bag is touching the bottom of the beaker and that the top of the anode bag isn’t touching the electrode ring.

One litre of our Copper Electroforming Solution is capable of plating 25 golf balls to a thickness of 100 microns.

These jade pieces (Kindly supplied by Siamgems) have been selectively electroformed using our process and then tank plated with our gold and silver tank plating solutions and equipment. Follow this link to our electroplating manual for help with electroforming on stone.

Copper Electroforming Starter Kit – 2 Litre

Every item in our electroplating kits

  • makes an important contribution to the overall success of the plating process
  • has been thoroughly tested to ensure it performs its job at the highest level in the overall electroplating process
  • is either made in-house or has been carefully sourced from our trusted suppliers

These factors ensure consistent, top quality plating results for a fair price.

Electrode Ring

Features Benefits
Made of non-corrodible metal Will not rust and contaminate your plating solution
Has eight threaded holes to securely hold our Rod Electrodes for 1 L Beaker This allows you a high degree of flexibility. If you only have a small electroforming job, then you may only want to purchase 2 electrodes. Or you can buy the full set of six or eight and arrange them according to the size and shape of the object you’re plating. Either way, you are ensuring you get the optimum performance from our Copper Electroforming Solution.

MF Rectifier

Features Benefits
Current can be set at start of electroforming process and will remain set at that level throughout No need to check and adjust the setting once electroforming has started. This is critical for electroforming as it takes hours, rather than minutes to build up substantial layers of copper. With this rectifier, you will be able to leave it safely, knowing it’s keeping the current at a regular, correct level and you won’t have to keep adjusting it.
Can be adjusted for use with brush plating Allows you to use the brush plating process as a compliment to the tank plating process, which allows for greater flexibility.

Magnetic Stirrer

Features Benefits
Low voltage solid-state mechanism. Safe in the event of major spillage.
Reversing function. Minimises/eleminates tide marks especially when plating flat objects.
Low profile. Minimises the chance of beaker falling off and spilling its contents.
Solution is agitated with a magnetic stirrer at the bottom of the beaker during plating. Mechanical agitation is a safer alternative to air agitation, as it eradicates any risk of the aerosol effect of the plating solution.

Mechanical agitation keeps the tank plating solution moving over the surface of the item being plated in a consistent way, again maximising the efficiency of the plating process.

Avoids unnecessary oxidisation of the metal plating solution that air agitation will cause.

Slip proof stand. Minimises the chance of beaker falling off and spilling its contents.
Made from chemically resistant materials. Particularly useful in corrosive atmospheres such as fume cabinets.
No moving parts (solid state). Ensures long life.

Plating Stand

Features Benefits
Made from stainless steel Fully conductive.
Will not corrode and contaminate gold tank plating solution. When used with clamp, can be moved up or down the stand in any position to fit any size of plating beaker.
Designed to be used with our Plating Arm and Clamp (sold separately) Allows for complete flexibility – you can adjust height to of arms to accommodate small 250ml tanks up to and including 5 litre tanks
Electrical connection to work via negative lead, plugged into small socket at base of stand Again avoids having to dangle work on negative lead directly into tank

Plating Arm

Features Benefits
Made bespoke from solid stainless steel and designed to be used in conjunction with the Plating Arm Clamp Fully conductiveWill not corrode and contaminate the electroforming solutionWhen used with clamp, can moved up or down the stand in any position to fit any size of plating beaker.
Has ball head join point at one end to accommodate crocodile clip Ball head allows complete 360 degree movement of crocodile clip, so you can quickly and easily make fine adjustments to the position of you work in the electroforming  solution.

Plating Arm Clamp

Features Benefits
Made in-house from non-corrosive stainless steel Will not corrode over time and risk contamination of electroforming solution
Precision made from solid stainless steel to fit our Plating Stand perfectly, with wing screw for easy tightening Means that you can fully adjust the height of the arm and it will be held firmly and safely in any position on the stand.

Copper Brightener

Features Benefits
Add small, millilitre sized quantities to you electroforming solution Keeps the electroforming solution depositing bright layers over multiple uses.
You can work out exactly how much Copper Brightener to use by going to Electroforming Calculator, which you can find on any of our product pages or our Home page. To work out how much Copper Brightener to add to your electroforming solution, enter in the surface area of the item you’re electroforming and the required thickness of electroformed layer, press the ‘Calculate’ button and the amount of Brightener will be displayed in millilitres.

Copper Electroforming Calculator

Operating Conditions and Deposit Data:

Plating Factor 0.035 – 0.05A/cm2
Plating rate 1.0 micron per minute at 0.05A/cm2
Temperature 18 – 30°C
pH <1.0
Agitation High spin speed (reversing mode) on Magnetic Stirrer
Brightener Single brightener. Initial concentration: 25ml/litre
Electrode (bagged) Copper Electrode for Tank Plating recommended
Cathode efficiency Above 99% at Plating Factor = 0.035A/cm2
Hardness of deposit 160 VPN falling to 100 VPN over 5 days at room temp
Density of deposit 8.9 g/cm3
Stress Low (Tensile)
Special storage requirements None
Shelf life 1 – 2 years
Health and Safety classification Corrosive
Transport (UN number) 2796

Magnetic Stirrer:

Stirring speed 15 – 1500 rpm with optional reversing action
Temperature Room temperature – 40 °C
Cover material Silicone rubber – sealed/polyester
Stirring mechanism Coil drive
Plate diameter 100mm
Overall dimensions 115mm x 175mm x 12mm (w x d x h)
Weight 0.35kg
Maximum beaker size 1 litre
Adaptor voltage 220/240v, 50/60 Hz
Input voltage 12v
Power rating 3 watts

General guide;

Certain small items, for example Swabs, Nibs and Plating Pens can be sent by normal post within the UK

  • The courier option for UK deliveries is FedEx
  • Free UK mainland delivery available on orders over £100
  • International orders usually 3-5 working days.

For all price quotations for deliveries, please add your items to our shopping cart. You will be able to see the shipping costs by clicking on the ‘Calculate shipping’ button in the cart and before checking out.

Fault

Possible cause

Corrective action

No plating at all.
Electricity not flowing Check that the the rectifier is switched on, that volts are showing and that the circuit is switched on (see manual).
Check all electrical contacts and clean if necessary.
Conductive layer has broken with the main jigging wire breaking the electrical circuit. Remove from the process, rinse and dry.
Repair the brocken circuit with Conductive Paint and allow to cure.
Replace in tank and start off at half the calculated amp setting for the first 5 minutes. This will allow enough copper to plate to carry the amps.
After
5 minutes, increase to the calculated amp setting.
No plating. Item looks damaged on removal from plating process
Leads connected wrongly. Check that the black connection from the rectifier is connected to the work piece and the red connection to the Beaker Ring.
Dullness of plate in the middle of articles and recesses.
Amp setting too low

 

Increase the amp setting until brightness returns.
Lack of brightener. Add 2ml of Copper Electroforming Brightener for every litre of solution and check for difference.
If no difference is observed after a third addition, do not add any more.
Temperature too high.

 

Reduce temperature to within operating range (see Tech Specs)
Low conductivity. The bath starts off at a lower conductivity. The conductivity will increase as the bath is used (using our Platinum Rod Electrodes) and brighteness distribution will also increase.
The conductivity can be increased by adding sulphuric acid, but this must be done by a qualified person.
Copper content too high. Lower the copper content by allowing to plate out without making Copper Electroforming Replenisher additions.

 

Deposit dull all over.
Grease or oil contamination. Treat with Carbon Powder (see shop).
Add 10ml of Copper Electroforming Brightener for every litre of solution treated.
Run the plating bath until full brightness resumes.
Burnt deposit especially on corners and edges. Nodular in extreme cases.
Amp setting too high.

 

Decrease the amp setting.
Article too close to the anode. Move the item in the beaker or rearange the anodes.

 

Low copper content evident in clearness of solution. Add Copper Electroforming Replenisher at 40 grams for every litre.
Repeat unti original solution colour has returned.
Too little agitation. Increase agitation.

 

Temperature too low. Increase temperature. Please note that deposit will become less bright if the temperature is raised over 25 centigrade.

 

Matt deposit, rough in extreme cases.
Particulate contamination especially in small installations without continuous filtration. Filter solution into a clean beaker/container.
If using copper anodes, scrub to remove fine particulate copper and rinse anode bags thorougly.
To prevent particulate contamination from copper anodes, consider using platinised anodes with bags.
Pitting of deposit – small holes which can become larger on further plating.
Fit anode bags. If anode bags are not fitted to the Platinum Rod Electrodes, gas bubbles will escape and adhere to the surface of the work causing gas pitting.

 

Particulate matter in solution. Filter.

 

Grease or oil contamination in solution. Treat with Carbon Powder as above.

 

Unplated area (step or skip plating).

 

Improper cleaning Check cleaning cycle especially for water breaks (see Online Manual)
Vertical tide marks especially evdident on thin, flat articles.
Laminar nature of agitation especially when stirring. Consider using a stirrer with reversing action in order to make the agitation more turbulent.

 

Streaking of deposit.
Excessive brightener additions.

 

Plate out without adding brightener.
Organic contamination.

 

Treat with Carbon Powder as above.
Contaminated rises or lack of rinsing.

 

Extend rinsing cycle.
Deposit peels from basis metal.
Improper cleaning.

 

Check the cleaning cycle for the metal (see Online Manual).
Check the type of metal being plated. Consider gold flash intermediate coating especially of plating on brass, steel or stainless steel (refer to Online Manual for a list of pretreatment stages).