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copper oixde question

updated thu 17 feb 00


iandol on wed 16 feb 00

My impression is that recipes call for Black Copper Oxide

To begin with, Copper carbonate as CuCO3, according to my chem text, is an
unknown substance . The material we buy is derived from Malachite and is the
Basic Carbonate CuCO3.Cu(OH)2 with a molecular weight of 221

So, if substituting one part green carbonate equals 0.68 parts black oxide
equals 0.34 parts red oxide.

Or one part black oxide equals 1.55 parts green carbonate equals 0.56 parts =

Or one part red oxide equals 2.88 parts green basic carbonate equals 1.80 =
black oxide.

BUT (caveat lector), please note that these values only compare the =
weights of the three compounds so substitution may not give the predicted
results because I have ignored the fact that black oxide has one atom of =
per molecule whereas both green basic carbonate and red oxide have two atoms=
copper per molecule. So it might be interpreted that with two atoms of =
they are twice as strong in their colouring power as black copper oxide if =
it is
the copper ions which give the colour.

Now experiment.