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Home Plating of Sculptures


I am a local DC artist and would like information on home plating for my sculptures.

Richard Gary Eades


Plating on sculptures involve hazardous chemicals like cyanide, it is not advised for a do it yourself operation.

sara michaeli
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Sara Michaeli
chemical process supplier
Tel-Aviv, Israel

November 26, 2008

Hi, Richard. While Sara is correct, and you might want to find a plating jobshop, we realize that artists have traditionally sometimes wanted to do their own artwork, not farm it out.

If you can avoid brass, bronze, and silver plating, at least you will not need cyanide. If you avoid chrome plating at least you will not need hexavalent chromium.

That still leaves you copper, nickel, gold, tin, and zinc as a few choices. You can also apply "chrome-look paint". If you can tell us what the sculpture is made of, and what you want to plate it with, we may be able to give you some hints. Your library may have some of the books listed on our "must-have" book list. But if not, then try to get a copy of the Metal Finishing Guidebook from a used book store, as this volume is fairly encyclopedic and should be relatively inexpensive.

Good luck.


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Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Pine Beach, New Jersey

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