I had a similar problem a few years ago. My solution was in fact a
solution:- The Silver Solution! Made by Sheffco, it is a "Patented
Formula for Plating and Re-plating Silver"
It certainly does that, and as the instructions state, it can also be
used on many other metals, but performs best on copper, brass, and not
very well on mild steel. I also used it to plate some bullets to give
to my kids to keep them safe from werewolves.You just can't be to
careful, can you? Anyhow, in the U.K. it cost me £10, and it is
50-52 CHANCERY LANE
I hope this helps
I got some used fixer (from SWMBO -- the xray tech) and was going to try
plating some brass hinges.
Let you know if it works - I am sure I have a battery and a nail here
somewhere? Or a nickel if that doesn't work. :-))
Limey Lurker wrote:
Just a comment here but remember that silver tarnishes. And polishing it
when it's tightly fitted to wood without staining the wood with the polish
is likely to be a bear. You might want to take a look at nickel as an
alternative--almost but not quite the same color and it tarnishes a lot
less. It's also pretty tough stuff.
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
Silver is far too soft - they will break. Use nickel silver instead.
You might well plate silver on top of this.
Silver-plated brass is a slightly lower cost, but much less quality.
When the plating wears on the corners they're more obvious, as there's
a colour contrast.
A convenient source of metal stock for making these in small
quantities is old "EPNS" (electroplated nickel silver) tableknives
from a charity shop. If you want bigger sheets of nickel silver, talk
to the model railway people.
I can't help you with local .ca sources, but talking to a silversmith
who works on teapots, jugs and the like rather than jewellery ought to
Silver is harder and stronger than one might suppose. I still plan one
day to cast some hinges in pure silver so they won't tarnish. These are
going to be thick hinges. If you have ever seen the really nice thick
solid brass hinges sold by woodworking supply places, well thats what
I'm talking about. Sufficently heavy, I am convinced they will be
fine. Sterling is used a lot for jewelry where weight, thus thickness
is important. Same for holloware that has to be hard enough to be
servicable. I believe a pure silver hinge thick enough will last a
very long time indeed in a small decorative or jewelry box. Of course
I may find out differently some day. What I plan to do is buy a good
quality hinge and use it to make a rubber mold so I can make multiple
waxes and then have a go at casting. Also on my want to do list is to
inlay some pure silver wire into a small project as decoration.
There's a name for that but I forget what is is. Breide or something
like that. Lot's of Indian (not american indian) objects were donein
this manner. Contrast between a dark wood and the light silver is
really nice. BTW, most 'sterling silver' jewelery you buy nowadays has
been rodium (sp?) plated so it wont tarnish. That explains the high
shine you see.
Okay, I'm not trying to be contentious here, but. . .
Sterling silver is. Pure silver is a lot weaker and softer than
sterling -- which is why silversmiths use sterling for most things. If
you want to see what pure silver is like, play with some plain bezel
Oh they'll tarnish. It's just that pure silver tarnishes more slowly
than steriling. But it still tarnishes.
For something like a jewelry box, the silver wouldn't have to be all
that thick -- if you used sterling. You could probably use 18 gauge
I'm not entirely sure I understand what you mean here. The main reason
most silversmiths use sterling is because it is considerably stronger
and longer wearing than pure silver. Sterling is only about 7 percent
copper so you don't save that much money by making a piece in sterling
rather than pure silver -- that is if you could make the two pieces
However you'd not only have to make the pure silver piece thicker, it
would accumulate nicks and scratches much more quickly.
I think you're undoubtedly correct here.
There are many names for the technique because cultures from Japan to
Norway have traditionally practiced it.
Inlaying silver wire into wood or metal is much easier than learning
BTW: A lot of that 'wire' inlay you see is actually strip silver
(called 'bezel wire' in the trade which is inserted into cuts made
with a jeweler's saw. I learned the technique from a friend of mine, a
wonderful woman who sadly died in December.)
It makes for some beautiful pieces. Silver combines wonderfully with
Onk? You get an absolute mirror finish on silver by simply polishing
it correctly. I don't know about commercial products, but I know most
silversmiths don't rhodium plate their pieces.
--RC (who has a couple of silver projects sitting on his bench right
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit;
Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad
-- Suzie B
<<Okay, I'm not trying to be contentious here, but>>
Of course not :) No problems here at all, mostly a matter of sematics.
Of course I was refering to commercial products (chains mostly) that
are rhodium plated. They will never tarnish. Otherwise the jeweler
would need to continually polish his stock to keep it shiney. Wasn't
refering to hand made items by real smiths and I am aware that silver
can be polished to a shine or a variety of other finishes applied. As
far as bezel wire is concerned, it is so thin that sterling or fine
silver bends about as easily. heavier gauge gets increasingly more
difficult even in fine silver.. Suffice to say thay I work with fine
(content, not craftsmanship necessarily) silver quite a bit for
suitable applications. For stuff like earings or pins that that must
be light and/or thin, then absolutely sterling is more suitable.
Casting is pretty easy and I do a little using different methods.
Having never done inlay, it appears more formidable. A matter of my
ignorance I suppose.
Enjoyed this exchange - as usual learned more than I bargained for.
Thank you all.
Will silver plate hinges as noted earlier. Next time I am in Durango I
will look for some. If I find a source I will post it.
What's wrong with tomatoes in a fruit salad? Cherry Tomatoes that is?
"-) Love 'em...
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