Chemistry Art

Grade 11 chemistry class explored chemistry in art

Using the process of electroplating, controlled oxidation, alloys and patinas, we created rings, bracelets and other works of creative art.

The rings started out as copper pipe, the bracelets were copper wire. Nickel plating added a silver look, alloying gave the gold. The reddish ring was created by heating up the copper as hot as possible without melting it, then quenching it in water very quickly to ‘freeze’ the reaction of copper ions in the metal. Some of the students wanted to explore the topic further, so we have a couple of long-term reactions still going on in the classroom. It was a fun morning and most students had something to take home and be proud of at the end of it all.