With Instructables you can share what you make with the world, and tap into an ever-growing community of creative experts. To reduce the chance that we get a short, and to make things appear classy, use some electrical tape and line the bottom of the tin.
Before someone comments, no, you don't really need the resistors because we're working with a battery that is only 3 volts. Electrical tape is all and good but You can buy spray on Plasti-Dip that leaves a much nicer finish. I used to teach middle school science, but now I run my own online educational science website. Note: You need to soldier the black ground of the two AA battery pack to the red power of the two 9V batteries. Chris also mentions the batteries may discharge at an uneven rate which ultimately effects your charge length. I’ll be doing another post soon on doing this same procedure but using USB, of course.
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At this point, we should say that the techniques von Slatt uses can be extremely dangerous; they require the use of acids, strong chemicals and electric currents.
To start, von Slatt uses a strong paint and epoxy remover to get the paint from all parts of the Altoids tin. Von Slatt found that applying copper sulfate (called blue vitriol during the Victorian Age and in steampunk parlance) created a chemical reaction that causes the stripped surface of the Altoids tin to take on a copperplate finish. The artist selects a digital image of a Victorian etching and prints it onto a piece of sticky transfer paper. Using a heavy plastic bucket, von Slatt dissolves one-quarter teaspoon of salt per quart of water. After the tin is dry, he follows the previously mentioned copper plating process again, using copper sulfate, rouge and a buffing wheel to polish the tin.


So, today I offer one more idea that you can take and make or use as a springboard for your own ideas! I always have a tin of mints in my purse and it never even occurred to me that these little gems could be duplicated at home until I saw it posted on Nila Rosa!
I figured the gum paste might prove challenging to find…but I found it in the cake decorating section of my local Walmart.
Start out by pulling off a piece of the gum paste about the size of an egg and start kneading it. Once you have all your mints cut out, toss them with a little more powdered sugar to keep them from sticking together and let dry for at least 48 hours. Essential oil note-If you use Certified Pure Therapeautic Grade oils you will not have a problem. I haven’t found the super fat straws yet, so am going to try it with my lip moisturizer cap (like a Chapstick cap). Make sure that you understand how to apply these processes properly before attempting to replicate von Slatt's methods yourself. Once the surface is dry, apply a little rouge (iron oxide) and use a buffing wheel to polish the tin to a high coppery shine.
After 10 to 20 minutes, von Slatt cuts off the power supply to the transformer, ending the electrical current to the saltwater solution.
When you see how EASY it is you will most likely be asking the same question I OFTEN do…why didn’t *I* think of that!? I will not mention specific oils out of respect-But we love On Guard, Peppermint, Wild Orange, Lemon, and to a very large batch winter green.
I will have to make my own veggie dyes because of reactions to petroleum in artificial color dyes.
I make gum paste flowers for cakes and they are definitely NOT edible as the gum paste dries to a rock hard consistency. A lot of people I talk to didn't even know what plasti-dip was or that it comes in spray form too.


With the power supply to the transformer shut off, von Slatt attaches the positive cable to the copper plated Altoids tin and the negative cable to another dummy Altoids tin. He carefully removes the Altoids tin from the solution and the cable, rinses it and removes the remnants of the transfer paper with paint remover. I post something and all of YOU comment on it and add to it and get each other thinking and it’s like a brilliant chain reaction! Once the paint is removed, von Slatt roughs up the metal surface of the Altoids tin lid with a piece of Scotch Brite scrubbing sponge and thoroughly cleans the surface with alcohol. He immerses both tins in the saltwater solution and turns on the power supply as soon as he's clear of the water supply. So some other options are coming soon (thinking LLP blend for my sons allergies, and some with DigestZen too!) I use the small end of a funnel to punch them out, they just pile up inside the funnel then I dump them on a plate. I also ended up using a just a few drops of regular cooking oil to help soften up the gum paste and help mix in the coloring and flavoring better.
Come to think of it…you could even use a pizza cutter or a knife and make them square-shaped. I’m on an iPad and notice things take longer to load with all of these pop-ups and ads. A lot of uses but it's mainly known for dipping the handles of your tools if the old grip has worn off. Coat a pistol grip, on the bottom of cool tiles to turn them into coasters and on the inside of metal tins if I'm using electrical components.



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