This project makes an ever-lasting
ornament or piece of jewellery using leaves or flowers...
I wanted to make some jewellery. It would be
better to use nature’s beauty and turn it to metal rather than
trying to shape metal to look like nature’s beauty.
I thought this would be pretty and special. I
eventually found a way to make non-metal things from nature conduct
electricity so they could then be copper plated.
This is a good way to make jewellery because
nature has many beautiful objects.
- Plant leaves or flowers
- Copper sulphate Solution
- Electricity (3 Volts)
- Copper metal
- Alligator clip x2
- Electroplating tank - an old electrophoresis
- Acid wash solution
- Mikaelas Secret Plating solution (made at home
by trying different ways to get the copper sulphate solution to plate
onto the leaf. The solution we invented is also safe for children and
Chose a small piece of plant. Paint or dip the
whole of the plant with Mikaelas Secret Plating solution. Leave it for
15 minute days to dry.
Make the positive electrode out of a copper strip
and screw into the tank. Put the copper sulphate solution in the
plating tank, and insert the plastic tray.
Connect the wires of the lid to the power box. Get
a piece of copper wire and sand off the vanish coating around it then
wrap it around the plants stem.
Wrap the other end of the copper wire to the metal
rack that is connected to the negative electrode.
Put the safety lid on, turn on the power and leave
it for a few hours.
Turn off the power. Remove the plant. Rinse it
with normal water.
If you want to copper plate something that is
already metal, you need to wash it in the base solution first, then the
acid solution to cancel out the base. This removes the grease and your
fingerprints so the copper will stick properly.