Anodizing Titanium – Snake Or Line Anodizing DIY (2019)

Anodizing Titanium – Snake Or Line Anodizing DIY (2019)

you interested in a cheap easy way to
anodized titanium? I’ll show you how up next. Hey, welcome back to the channel! If
you’re new here, my name is Brian and I do a lot of titanium anodizing and I
show you guys how to do titanium anodizing at home for next to no money.
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the video. I’m sure you guys have seen this method done before and wondered how
it’s done. I was prepping this knife for an even cooler method of anodizing I’ll
be showing you in the next video but in this video we’re just going to keep it
simple so we’re gonna do it on the back of the knife here. so I’ve heard this
method of anodizing called snake anodizing or line anodizing, whatever you
want to call it I’m sure you’ve seen it before, so I’m gonna show you guys how to
do it really simple stuff. so the first thing
you need to do is prep your metal, so I’ve already prepped this. the way I
prepped this I just scuffed it with some 400 grit, you want to go in one direction
so you don’t leave swirls and then give it a good wipe down, I’m
wiping this down with some isopropyl alcohol I’ve used acetone to wipe it down in the
past but I’ve heard other people say that sometimes acetone will leave a film
on the piece so isopropyl alcohol works just fine honestly I thought acetone
worked fine for me too but personal preference wipe it down though make sure
you get any skin oils off of the piece because otherwise you’re gonna leave
weird marks on your piece after you anodized and then I always wear gloves
so I don’t leave any more marks on there so now that the piece is ready to go if
you plan on keeping your anodizing I do recommend etching with the Whink
prior to anodizing and if you watch my how-to Anodize tutorial video it
walks you through every step of normal anodizing procedures so if you were
going to use the Whink just a quick 10 seconds in the Whink and you’re good to
go just be careful with this stuff it’s a very diluted hydrofluoric acid I
believe it’s somewhere around 3% but it is still hydrofluoric acid so make sure
you wear gloves eye protection all the proper PPE just be safe guys if you are
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link that’d be great so our piece is ready to go now all we
need is just a regular sheet of computer paper and we’re going to cut that to
roughly the size of the scale doesn’t really matter how big it is you
can I just a little easier to work with when it’s about the size of the scale
and since I’m terrible at freehand drawing I’m gonna use the straight edge
and make some lines on this paper you don’t need to make the lines it’s just
easier for me to follow a line if I draw it on here first once you’ve got your pattern decided on
your paper you’ve got it drawn on there if that’s how you choose to do it got our
piece ready here and take your piece of paper okay now you’re gonna want to get
something that your paper will fit in alright pour distilled water into it and
then mix a spoonful of baking soda in with that so baking soda pour it in and
then stir it up until the baking soda dissolves some guys use TSP you know I’ve never
had an issue with baking soda the baking soda works just fine for me if you have
tsp lying around I mean you could use that it’s gonna do the same thing okay now that we got that dissolved in
there we’re gonna set that off to the side for this I want a blue color so I’m
actually going to be using three 9-volt batteries put in series and then you’re
gonna need your positive and negative alligator clips so you can get that
stuff ready red to positive black to negative now that we’ve got that all set
to go we’re gonna take our piece of paper and
we’re just gonna put it in the water let that soak up and while that’s
soaking get our piece and we’re gonna connect the positive alligator clip to
our workpiece alright so we’ve got our positive alligator clip on our workpiece
we’re gonna take this paper that’s been soaking put the paper right over top of
your piece of titanium then you’re going to take your negative alligator clip and
you’re just gonna follow the lines that you made on the paper now pull your leads off I’ll take this back off because I want
to try a few more times and see if I can get some different results this is in real-time every time I go
over the titanium with the alligator clip I’m doing it in real time to show
you what happens at different speeds let’s try it again again this is in real time so the slower you go the darker and
fatter the line is I added this so you can see how quickly
the wink removes the anodizing just a few seconds and it’s gone while you’re watching this I’m gonna
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Comments (11)

  1. Cool tip. I gotta try that

  2. Another awesome video. Thank you

  3. SCIENCE!! So cool man

  4. tsp is for anodizing at higher voltages like 75-110v

  5. Great video brotha. That freehand drawing bit was funny. I'm gonna watch more in depth later.

  6. Thanks for another great video. Definitely have some stuff to try out later! This was super helpful as always.

  7. Love the drawing! Nice video, sharpie!

  8. If you use the alligator clip to grab a needle or something similar would it be able to draw smaller lines? And you attach the other clip directly to the titanium or do you use a piece if ti-wire? What is this next thing you are going to show? Been thinking or redoing my first sincenmy screws are a bit lose anyway, might as dissasamble and anodise again.

  9. Do you need to sandpaper all Ti pieces before the etch? Is that mandatory? What if the Ti is sandblasted already?

  10. you come up with some very cool ideas & techniques. excellent content, liked & subbed !!

  11. give us more tips of anodize, of vape tubes like Complyfe does… best HOW to youtuber.

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