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    Electroplating with Glass

    I searched the google but I found electroplating glass with metal lists. But I want to electroplate acrylic sculptures with glass or crystal.
    Is it possible ? ,

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    Hello Umut,
    I have never heared of electroplating anything WITH glass. I do not think it possible, because glass is not conductive. If it was, printed circuit boards on epoxy-glass laminate would not be possible.
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    You could possibly vacuum deposit it, it's done with quartz to protect front surfaced mirrors.
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    Bill ,

    I think there are conductive glasses used at electronics. If I can find conductive glass , Would it be possible to electroplate with glass on
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    Bob ,

    Vacuum deposit requires heat again . I want cold process technology.

    Anyone knows conductive glasses ?

    Umut

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    I think conductive glass is plated with tin indium glass. I think there is no conductive glass thing.

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    Mustafa,
    I know that there are glass micro-baloons, that are coated with conductive metals. These are used in screen printing inks to create conducrive circuits. However, The reflectivity (light) is high.
    I think that you are looking for transparency.

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    Mustafa,
    I find your imagination to be inspiring. Don't ever become a Wisened Cynic. I did a bit of research this A.M. You might want to search " Conductive Screen Inks"; Conductive Glass Bubbles"; "Conductive Glass Fibers". This is a long-shot. But researching these topics might give you some ideas.
    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildbillbugman View Post
    glass is not conductive.
    Bill
    That much is clear.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustafa Umut Sarac View Post
    I searched the google but I found electroplating glass with metal lists. But I want to electroplate acrylic sculptures with glass or crystal.
    Is it possible ? ,

    Umut
    I think a big problem if you could do it would be the difference in rates of expansion would quickly lead to cracks and separation. The micro-balloons might work well, but with a loss of transparency.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Mustafa,
    Pehaps the most expedient way to accompish what you are trying is to scrap the acrylic sculpting. Learn glass sculpting. There are many books and classes and workshops on this subject and many people do it.
    Bill

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