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So I electroplated a key with copper. It was cool.

I noticed that the higher voltage/current source I used, the faster the electroplating process proceeded.

What if I took, say, a 20A bridge rectifier with some heatsinks, some heavy gauge copper wire, a couple 400V Panasonic caps for filtering (though that's probably not really needed)... And get a ~70VDC 20A power source. Would the copper source dissolve instantly and plate over the host metal in seconds? Or would the house burn down?
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No one has an opinion?
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well if at first you succeed try till you break something
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Try it and dont die
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I would plug it into a power strip that has a circuit breaker in it, so if you drew too much power, it would trip before something smokes. Also check to make sure you are using wire that can handle 15-20A

It will work, just be very careful since the voltage is high.
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It won't be instant, it's never instant, the material still has to travel. If you get the circuit right, it will work just fine. Your only concern at that point is the power use and whether the cabling/supply/AC can cope with the current draw.
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