When you get your acid all worked out, here are a few things that have worked well for me. Heavy guage aluminum ground wire from radio shack, its affordable, and works for everything on the anode, and cathode side. Cathodes: if you need lead for cathodes, let me know, I have ~100+lbs I can share for a reasonable price. If you want/can melt your own lead down, I have some in "chip" form(cut on a lathe)that came from a large copper cored cathode(crome plating). I can share this really cheap. Ziplock bags: buy some good freezer bags, the sandwich size. You will get better results if you can keep the temps in check. I used ice in ziplocks, with lead weights to hold it down in the solution. Rit fabric dye: save your self some money and go with the Rit, I found that it worked as well as anything. Keep you dye bath temps high, but not boiling, and give it some time in the bath, regardless of the dye used. For uniform semi dull finishes, you can etch the surface of your parts with muratic acid from the harware store. Anodize removal: Red Devil lye, be careful, this is way more nasty than the anodizing process.