Overcoating metals

Praseodymium is surprisingly cheap for so strange an element ($200 or
so the kilo), and has an attractive greeny-blue patina; so casting
decorative beads from it doesn't seem too absurdly ridiculous an idea
(though it may emerge that the overlap between chemistry geeks and
wearers of beaded jewellery is empty).
It's a bit reactive, however; melting under argon doesn't seem _that_
impossible, but I don't think it would be at all safe to wear
praseodymium next to the skin.
Is there any standard way of getting a really durable transparent
overcoating by basically physical means (IE mechanical rather than
chemical adhesion)? I suppose whatever process is used to embed
objects in lucite for commemorative plaques might work, but then
you've got a lucite bead with a weird green-metal blob in the
middle, rather than an apparently-metal bead.
Tom (clearly doesn't know what he's letting himself in for)
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Thomas Womack
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Probably the easiest way is dipping in some sort of epoxy resin. However, to even approach 'really durable', you're looking at probably a millimeter of epoxy. If MP is low, you could pour it into a glass sphere - but then you wouldn't likely get a patina.
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Ian Stirling
I have no idea if this would work, but perhaps you could try clear powdercoating.
- Michael
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Dipping in thinned shellac works for brass
- - Rex B
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Rex B

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