Sunday, 1 December 2013

Home Electrolysis Kit

Home Electrolysis Kit 

Electrolysis is a useful skill to pick up and the beauty of it is that it's super easy to do. Electrolysis can be used to plate materials, to clean, for etching and even to produce pure forms of a material.

In this article we'll show you how to make your own small electrolysis kit. With what you'll learn you'll be able to scale up the kit if you wanted to.

Materials needed are some pencils, some crocodile clips, a jar, a battery and a piece of cardboard.

You'll also need a knife and snip nose pliers

  List of Materials:

  • Crocodile clips
  • A battery
  • Some pencils*
  • A non-conductive container
  • A knife
  • A pair of snipe nose pliers
  • A piece of card (big enough to go over the top of the container 
 Remove the rubber from the pencil.

Remove the pencil top holder.

Remove the wood to expose the graphite.

Prepare Your Pencils

Firstly prepare your pencils by removing the rubber and the metal holder on top. Using your knife, scrap off the wood to expose the carbon graphite underneath.

Pierce card to allow pencils through.

Space pencils so they won't touch.

Mount Pencils Through Cardboard

Cut a piece of card just big enough to cover your container. Now pierce the card to allow the pencils through it. This should be a snug fit and ensure the probes are not too close to each other so they won't touch.

Place your cardboard with pencils onto jar and attach the battery - now your ready.

Close-up of pencil after electrolysis.

You've Made an Electrolysis Kit

Place the cardboard with the pencils attached onto the glass, ensuring that they would dip into the solution. Now attach your crocodile clips to the pencils and battery, being careful not to break the graphite.

Your now good to go.

Don't forget this was a simple introduction into electrolysis, but once you've learnt the basics you can adapt what you've learnt and scale up the kit.

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