We generally use silver plating for the antique restoration of hollowware, including cups, bowls, vases and flatware such as trays, plates and dishes. Modern silver plated items in which the plating has simply worn through are a daily task for us too. We also occasionally receive requests to silver plate solid 18k gold rings!
What is silver plating? Silver plating is simply the method of depositing a thin layer of silver onto a conductive surface. The surface normally consists of a conductive metal base which allows a current to be passed through it to form a complete circuit. This allows the silver particles in the electrolyte solution to bond with the item being silver plated, the item being electroplated is also referred to as the cathode.
The classification for the thickness of silver plating relating to the solutions that we use is as follows:
- The minimum thickness for silver plating is equal to 0.5 microns. This is used mainly for a decorative finish on items with minimal handling.
- Heavy silver plate is classed as 2.5+ microns. The normal thickness we apply would be between 2.5 – 6 microns dependent upon the item and its intended use. This provides a long lasting finish on high wear items such as; watches, buckles, trophies and jewellery.
Our specially developed silver plating solutions are tarnish resistant, hard wearing and extremely durable. A silver plating of just 5 microns is often more than adequate for the long term durability of high wear items if cared for properly. A general rule is to allow 1 micron in silver thickness for every year of intended use.
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If you would like an item silver plating or you have any questions please contact us.