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Q: Is titanium really hypoallergenic?
Yes. Titanium is safer than gold alloys, silver, or platinum for sensitive skin.
Titanium is a preferred metal for prosthetic implants because of its unsurpassed inert properties.
Q: Do you make rings?
No. See my Links Page for artists and studios that do.
Q: What electrolyte solution recipe do you use to anodize titanium?
I've used TSP, Borax, or even baking soda.
Stay away from table salt, ice-melt, or other chlorides and fluorides. I've had mixed results with Nitrates.
"It's not rocket science." Just about any ionic aqueous solution should
Q: Is it dangerous to anodize titanium?
It can be. You have electrodes with up to 130 volts between them. Even a properly grounded anodizer can deliver a deadly shock. If you stay aware of where the electrodes are at all times, and/or wear rubber gloves, it is not really dangerous. I've been shocked once in 20 years; a minor zap.
Q: When I anodize, I find that my Ti hook gets all cruddy (most likely because of the TSP (not phosphate free) and the lack of distilled water), and I was wondering what you do to avoid such a thing?
My guess is that your "crud" is mineral build-up. Use a more dilute electrolyte solution and try to find a source of distilled water (less than a buck a gallon at most grocery stores).
Q: Do you have an enlarged, more detailed color guide than the scaled MrTitanium logo on your How to Anodize page?
No. Your best color guide is one you make yourself. The color depends somewhat
on the electrolyte chemical and concentration, the smoothness of the current, and the surface finish.
Q: Where can I get an anodizer?
Q: Isn't it dangerous to build an anodizer?
Yes, if you have to ask that question. It's as dangerous as replacing a light switch or ceiling fan.
Q: I've seen "black" titanium. What is that, and can you make it?
"Black titanium" is titanium with a coated surface.
It usually is G23 titanium, which is called "pure" by some marketing materials I saw, but really
is an alloy with 6% Aluminum and 4% Vanadium in it. (read about titanium grades).
Alloys are generally harder and stronger than pure titanium.
Q: What's your return policy?
I do have a return policy posted here. Many items are made to order, especially the chains. So I charge a restocking fee by default. But I often waive that fee for exchanges or easily resellable items.
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