How To Copper Plate a Nail

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How to copper coat a nail

Give your iron nail a copper coat

This is a simple experiment you can easily replicate at home using things you may find around the house. It's something people of all skill levels can do and can be a fun little experiement to do with the kids.

Materials are a glass container, wire wool, iron nail, some lemons and some dull copper pennys

Materials Needed

List of materials:

  • Oxidised Copper - copper coins or copper fittings, should be dull indicating it's oxidised
  • Weak Acid Solution - white vinegar or lemon juice is best to see results
  • Salt
  • A Glass container - best for seeing the results
  • Wire wool or other abrasive cleaner.
  • An iron nail - not galvanised

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