How to electroplate paper

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You will need a vacuum chamber and pump, a source to provide enough current to heat a metal to evaporation, and something to hold the evaporating metals. Tungsten wire baskets or boats are commonly used.
 
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Hum well it sounds like some thing I can build but I don't think it's wise to to build it on my kitchen table, so I will have to wait till later to try it.
 

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It is definitely not trivial. Not to mention is can be quite dangerous to work with vacuum.
 
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Ok so I have an odd question. I have been trying outs Zink plating instead of copper to see how it behaves and so far it is plating to my graphite rod but it is a dull grey color. Is this normal or am I doing something wrong?
 

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When metals start to deposit as a very tiny crystals they can look dull.

No idea if that's the case, but it doesn't have to be wrong.
 
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Ok so I will try to polish it and see what happens.
 

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If these are tiny crystals on graphite they will most likely just fell off.
 
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What is the best metal to use as a substrate?
 
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Perhaps in the realms of speculation, but surely a flash of electroless nickel would get you started? Nonconductors need a pretreatment with tin or palladium. Then electroplate over that.
 
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