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How do I electroplate a sphere?



September 1, 2010

I have four .5" diameter sterling silver basketballs (castings) that my client wants me to gold electroplate (3 gold and one nickel, actually).
I have a complete jewelry workshop and have been at it 30+ years, so I'm not seeking information on how to plate, instead I'm wondering how to hold the balls to plate them.

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Robert H [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
to-the-trade bench jeweler - Powell, Tennessee, USA



September 1, 2010

Hi, Robert.

I would use an egg dipper shape rack, similar to what a child would use for dyeing easter eggs. Just move the spheres 3 or 4 times during the plating process, and do it quickly so the nickel plating does not have time to passivate. Good luck.

Regards,

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey


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