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Plating and Electroforming

Plating and electroforming allow jewelry makers to add ultrathin layers of metal to surfaces. Our articles cover the tools and techniques you’ll need.

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Midas 5-Amp Starter Plating System

This Midas® system contains basic equipment and preparatory solutions. You add precious metal solutions and anodes to tailor the kit to your needs…

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Cohler Superbrite Rhodium Bath Plating Solution 1GM

Bright-white rhodium for plating. No mixing required this ready-to-use concentrated formula produces bright-white finish which reduces tarnish. Acid based with Approximate eight to nine-month shelf life prices will fluctuate according…

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Cohler Superbrite Rhodium Bath Plating Solution 1pt, 2gm

Bright-white rhodium for plating. No mixing required this ready-to-use concentrated formula produces bright-white finish which reduces tarnish. Acid based with Approximate eight to nine-month shelf life prices will fluctuate according…

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Arbe 25 amp Rectifier w/Leads

Features industrial-grade heavy-duty high-output transformers oversized heat sinks built-in cooling fan to prevent overheating and an output current that is 99% filtered to ensure maximum and repeatable results. Insulated lead and…

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Garbarino & Titonel Digital Four Beaker Plating Unit

This apparatus is equipped with 2 tanks in pyrex glass of 1 liter capacity each with separate power supply. The degreasing tank has a fixed voltage of 7.5 volts 10 A max. the rhodium plating tank has voltage adjustable by potentiometer on the…

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The Contemporary American Custom Goldsmithing

About five years ago, Robert Fairbank, John Reynolds and I created a “living entity” called Goldsmiths 3 in Concord, Massachusetts. Our name simply reflects what we are: three goldsmiths, custom-designing and handcrafting…

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Fusion Patterns

This paper describes a process that combines techniques researched by others with a few well known facts about the properties of certain metals. This information was applied to a metal fabrication process specifically designed to extend…

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American Holloware Changing Criteria

The expressions which have come to identify the pre- and post-World War II generations – Me decade, suburban frontiersmen, spoiled baby boomers, generation gap – are clear if perhaps overly stereotyped images. While encapsulating…

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The Work of June Schwarcz

There are few artists who can subtly control the relationship between what they perceive and the manner in which this perception takes form. The ability to communicate an idea tangibly is a thoughtful, emotional endeavor, dependent on a clear…

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Process of Cleaning Metal Surfaces

For all metal coloring and electroplating a clean metal surface is essential. The cleaning process must remove mineral oils, organic oils and greases as well as traces of chemicals on the surface. It must remove oxidation which might interfere…

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Electroplating Safety Precautions

The “General Safety Rules for Tools” article applies here too, as with all power tools. Read the instruction manuals and directions most carefully. Plating and stripping solutions usually contain cyanides, bases or acids which, if mixed…

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Patinating Brass Alloys Using Contact Plating

This procedure should be undertaken with appropriate precautions; goggles, gloves, protective clothing, adequate ventilation. Recently I have been presented with the problems of repairing or changing the color of Indian made polished…

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Testing the Rhodium Plating Technique

Plenty of information has been published about how rhodium plating solutions should behave under ideal conditions-but little data and real-world information exists for manufacturers and bench jewelers to apply to their own plating operations.…

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A New Platinum Sterling Silver

It took about two months of experimentation to get the formulas for Platinum Sterling Silver just right – Robinson created alloys containing 5 percent, 3.5 percent, and 1 percent platinum. But he’s the first to admit that combining silver…

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Aluminum: Welded and Wearable

The purpose of this paper is to acquaint the reader with the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing aluminum as a material for construction of wearable ornaments. In high-purity form aluminum is soft and ductile. Most commercial uses,…

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Electroplating Jewellery

Electroplating is a method to put a metal coating onto an object, in our case a piece of jewellery, by placing it in a solution containing the metal to be plated and passing an electrical current through the piece and the solution. It is possible…

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Electroforming Workshop Preparation

The size of the bath must correspond to the rectifier. You cannot have a huge bath and a small rectifier. The tank must be made of glass, polypropylene or polyethylene plastic. Plastic is preferred because there is less chance of breakage. You…

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Electroforming Step-by-Step

Electroforming is the process of controlling the metal deposit from an anode metal, through electrolyte solution, onto an electroconductive surface. Basically, a skin of metal is built up into a rigid structure. The materials you will need…

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Architectural Portraits of Vicki Ambery-Smith

For nearly 30 years, Ambery-Smith has been using architecture as an inspiration for her work. Her name has become synonymous with finely wrought precious metal jewelry, boxes, and condiment sets whose inspiration lies in Renaissance, Palladian,…

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Recent Electroforming Developments

Electroforming is an old, established technology and, in its original form, it was a bit cumbersome to use. However, as with other jewelry technologies, it has made great strides over the last decade and is now a much easier and quicker process.…

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Enameling on Electroformed Vessels

June Schwarcz (b.1918) in Denver, CO. She is a Fellow of the American Craft Council and received their Gold Medal. The museum collections that have her work include Metropolitan Museum, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, and Kunstgewerbe…

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Vermeil Jewelries

Considering metals prices continue to be sky high, it’s no surprise that plating companies’ phones are ringing off the hook. “We’re getting a much higher volume of inquiries from jewelry makers who produce silver or karat gold product and…

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Electroforming for Innovative Design

There are four principal methods of producing jewellery today: Hand making, using traditional craft skills, Investment (Lost wax) Casting, Pressing (stamping) and Electroforming.

More than 50 % of all jewellery is produced…

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Resists and Electroplating to Create Patterns

With the ever-higher cost of precious metals, many jewelers are increasingly working with non-precious metals such as stainless steel, titanium, and copper. As jewelers design with these materials, color and pattern development have…