My first try at Electrolysis.

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11-01-2014, 12:26 PM
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My first try at Electrolysis.
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Howdy Hunters...
Early this week I dug an Child's English Style Stirrup and was worried it would just disintegrate if I didn't do something fast to save it. I had no clue how to do electrolysis.
I must have watched every YouTube "how to's" on it until I was silly.
I had almost all the parts needed to do it laying around the shop. 
Below shows before & after and that it can be done, & easier than I ever would have imagined. Patience is the key. I just applied a coat of polyurethane and its looks fabulous. Display ready.
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11-01-2014, 01:48 PM
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Wow, that's a GREAT job! Would you mind posting a photo of the electrolysis set-up you used?

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11-01-2014, 02:38 PM
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Looks great good job.  I've tried small electrolysis on coins and stuff.  It works great.  I used it on the Indian in my avatar.

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11-01-2014, 03:17 PM
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I'm Not sure about doing about coins yet. Iron, ya cant screw up to bad from what I've seen.
Here is my set up I used.  Now stay with me on this...
Safety First!
I've seen that the smaller the item the smaller the bucket you should use. I started out with a 5 gal bucket and nothing happened for a full 24 hours. So I went smaller.
The solution is just water and some baking soda. However its very Flammable when cooking so no flames.
Its hooked up to a Car Battery Charger set on Manual Only, 12volts, 10amps. The positive lead always goes on the Sacrificial Metal. In the picture I attached it to the vice grips. I later moved it directly to the metal. In this case it was a small sheet of Galvanized sheet metal. The negative lead is attached to a wire with a small clip to hold onto the relic. I later attached two small negative leads to the Stirrup and got twice the results. Always wear gloves to handle the relic. After about 8 hours I would remove it from the water and and scrub the rusty areas still attached with a small brass brush or nylon. then return it for another 8.
The Solutions is kinda toxic so let water evaporate and dump dry waste in trash.
 Here is a link to the video that showed me the best way to do it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8Qd_Rks0xc 

Hope that helps.
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11-01-2014, 07:51 PM
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Nice job 1Agil!! I'm going to have to get one set up too because I really need to clean some stuff!! Thanks for posting the setup!! And Link!!!

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11-01-2014, 10:53 PM
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Nice Yes

Not too bad for a "1st"!

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11-02-2014, 12:47 AM
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Nice Job!!  She looks good!
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11-02-2014, 06:47 AM
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Came out great. I have all the parts, just never built mine yet, after seeing that maybe it's time. Yes
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11-02-2014, 09:29 AM
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That looks very good, but i was told on coins, to use salt. I wounder if baking soda would do better?  I have some silver that is not old, i will try soda next time.

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11-07-2014, 07:51 PM
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Nice little Ebath. i use iron rebar rods in the four corners linked by copper wire, it usually will start to bubble and show signs of activity right away.

cool little set up.
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