Guerlain Bees – Paris

November 14, 2013

We recently worked with FullBlownMetals to gold plate 37 stainless steel bees for the House of Guerlain in Paris. Guerlain is a French Perfume House founded in 1828 and is one of the oldest in the world, the bee being the symbol of the house.

The founder of Guerlain, Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain, created perfume for the wife of French Emperor Napoleon III, Empress Eugénie de Montijo. Guerlain also went on to create perfumes for Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Queen Isabella II of Spain.

These stainless steel bees were inflated, mirror polished and then brush electro-plated by hand to match a specific gold colour sample that had to be first approved by Guerlain. Now completed, 35 out of the original 37 bees are now hanging in the reception area of the House of Guerlain in Paris.

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Images kindly supplied by WILLBAUGH.


Rhodium Plating

May 29, 2013

Rhodium is one of the six members of the platinum group of metals and we provide an electroplating finishing service in three of these; platinum, rhodium and palladium.

Rhodium plating is often used on white gold to give it a nice bright white look. This is due to the fact that white gold is simply yellow gold with the addition of other metals to give it a white appearance, hence a man-made not naturally occurring metal.

There are various grades of white gold, the poorer being more yellow in appearance. Once rhodium plated the cheaper, more yellow, grades will look identical to the best grade of white gold and over time you will notice your nice bright white gold ring turning yellow; this is simply the rhodium plating wearing off revealing the true colour of the white gold underneath.

Being harder than platinum, rhodium can be brittle and prone to internal stressing and is only plated to a thin flash layer which is why white gold jewellery worn on a daily basis often has to be re-rhodium plated every 6 months or so. Rhodium plated jewellery worn on a less frequent basis can last for many years.

Another benefit of rhodium is to use it as a flash coat on silver jewellery and ornamental items to provide a tarnish free bright white appearance that requires virtually no polishing to maintain it.

Our rhodium plating will provide a scratch resistant, hard wearing, beautiful bright white lustrous finish that will enhance all your jewellery.

Please take a look at the images on our gallery page showing previous work and projects.

If you are interested in having something rhodium plated or have any questions regarding our rhodium plating service then please contact us.



The Opera ‘Caligula’

December 17, 2012

In April 2012 we worked on a project for The English National Opera ‘ENO’ in London to gold plate an AK47 for their new upcoming opera ‘Caligula’ which opened on Friday the 25 May 2012.

Caligula, also known as Gaius (meaning ‘little soldier’s boot’), was Roman Emperor from 37 AD to 41 AD. Surviving sources on Caligula’s reign centre upon his cruelty, extravagance, and sexual perversity, suggesting he was an insane tyrant. On one occasion whilst presiding over games, he ordered his guards to throw a complete section of the crowd into the arena to be eaten alive by animals due to the fact that there were no criminals to be prosecuted and he was bored. Caligula later became the first Roman emperor to be assassinated in early 41 AD.

Caligula offers a disturbing insight into the self-destructive logic driving a self-indulgent and dangerous dictatorship in the era of Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gaddafi.

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The gold plated Kalashnikov used in the opera ‘Caligula’ can be seen during a performance in the images above and below.

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The AK47 was delivered to us and gold plated in April 2012.

The English National Opera stage more new productions and contemporary opera than any other opera company in the United Kingdom. Having a world class reputation for distinctive and theatrical productions has also resulted in many high profile partnerships with opera houses from around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.

Browse the ENO website to see their latest upcoming productions.

Please contact us for advice or a quotation.

Photos by Johan Perrson used by kind permission of the ENO.


Gold Plating Kits

July 2, 2012

All our plating kits plus gold & silver plating solutions can be found in our online shop here: Pure Gold Plating Online Shop.

Stocking almost 100 products we offer a full range of gold plating kits, chrome plating kits plus spares & accessories including carbon brick anodes/electrodes, platinised titanium electrodes, stainless steel electrodes, brush plating wands, brush plating swabs, power rectifiers & now brush electro plating solutions.

Pure Gold Plating offer gold plating kits & equipment, including gold pen plating kits, all backed up with a comprehensive range of spares & accessories. These range from complete gold plating kits, silver plating kits & chrome plating kits that can be used to gold, silver & chrome plate watches, rings, bath taps & much more including the gold, silver & chrome plating of non-conductive items such as plastic & wood.

Our chrome plating kits enable you to copper, nickel & chrome plate small to medium sized items. We have had customers chrome plate scooter exhausts & wheel rims using our chrome plating kits.

Brush plating kit spares & accessories that we stock include; power plating rectifiers, gold plating machines, ultrasonic cleaners, brush plating electrodes including stainless steel, carbon & platinised titanium in both 6mm round rod & flat electrode forms complimented with a comprehensive selection of brush plating swabs that are long lasting & reusable. You will also find 6mm electrode wand handles, fully repairable 4mm banana plug test leads & sundry laboratory items such as measuring & plating solution storage beakers.

If the brush plating kit you are looking for is dependent upon a budget we also stock small stand–alone gold, silver & chrome plating kits.

Can’t find what you are looking for? Then please email us with your requirements as we can put together custom brush gold plating kits to suit your specific needs and/or budget.

For gold plating kits & equipment head over to our online shop to browse our products.

If you would like to get in touch with us please use our contact form.


The Wallace Collection

April 27, 2012

Back in June 2009 we set about working on a project with top London architects to gold plate approx 42 metres of stainless steel trim to be used on display cabinets at the new Wallace Museum shop in London.

The Wallace Collection is a national museum which displays breathtaking works of art collected in the 18th and 19th centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. It was given to the British nation by Sir Richard’s widow, Lady Wallace, in 1897 and first opened to the public as a museum on the 22nd of June 1900.

This world-famous range of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries is displayed at Hertford House, the main London townhouse of its former owners.

The gold plated trim can be seen, in the images above and below, along the edge of the counter top resting on the beautiful pure gold leafed cabinet panels.

The gold plated stainless steel trim was also used on the reception desk, cloakroom counter, shop till, counter donation boxes and lobby donation boxes.

The stainless steel trim to be gold plated was delivered to us and completed in March 2010.

Why not have a great day out and visit the Wallace Collection.

Find out what’s happening at the Wallace Museum.

Browse the Wallace Museum shop.

We are flexible, adaptable and are able to electroplate single items of jewellery right up to large commercial projects so please do contact us for advice or a quotation.


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