Monday, February 15, 2016

More Niobium

Today was playing with  Niobium and Titanium again

I cleaned up some items from last batch and made some new discs to play with and some ear wires

First you need to know that niobium is a bit more expensive than silver  eg.  30g  of niobium  is 1.65 per sq inch and  Sterling Silver is 1.19 per sq inch - based on Rio grande who conveniently prices it out so you can compare

Rio and Reactive metals are same price  for niobium  - I am going to purchase the pre cut discs from Reactive - 3/4" this will save me time and waste

I also bought a heart disc cutter

 from JewelleryTool on Etsy
So yesterday I cut  some hearts (which led me to buying the heart cutter )
Sizes include ½”, 5/8”, 3/8”, 1” 

The sizes I cut were 3/4" (max of my disc cutter )  then cut the hearts - also some dangles form 14g wire
Today I did some more discs - including some titanium krystal - which had some cool effects when annodized 

I cut the discs and domed them - 
so that you get even color I made hooks that go with the clip 
you should only use like metals such as titanium or niobium to conduct the electricity - never submerge the clip - it will draw the current away - as well as if you tried to assemble your piece with copper /silver or other metals - will draw away from the current for your niobium or titanium 

so my hooks are titanium - you can see the colors created on the hooks
I put the cleaned titanium krystal on the hooks - not touching 

I submerged - just the discs and some wire - but not the metal clamp 

the blue is at 30v

 I ran it up to 100 volts just to see  this does not show you the nice teal/green effect
front and back are done at same time 

then I did a rainbow sort of effect - loved it 

 

once you go  to the 100v +  then it stays 
that color so if you want to do shapes you need to put on resists that you can stick on or paint on - that is next
Color works that  you retain the highest voltage color - you can go backwards - so you would do the highest color you want with the resist on then you can go to a lower voltage to color the area you put the resist on 









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