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A Gold Plate For Small Articles Without A Battery

Digest a small

fragment of gold with about ten times its weight of mercury until it is

dissolved, shake the amalgam together in a bottle, and after cleansing

the articles, coat them uniformly with the amalgam. Then expose them on

an iron tray heated to low redness for a few minutes. The mercury

volatilizes, leaving the gold attached as a thin coating to the

article. The heating should be done in a stove, so that the poisonous

mercurial fumes may pass up the chimney.