June 4, 2015
Why buy a solid gold Apple watch that technology-wise will be out of date and disposable in just a couple of years? To have your Apple watch gold plated works out at a little over 23 pence a day over two years of ownership for the gold plating alone. This makes ownership of a gold Apple watch affordable for everyone.
We can gold plate your stainless steel Apple watch in 18 carat or 24 carat yellow gold as in the images below. For something a little more luxurious we can also platinum plate your Apple watch.
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.
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.
December 27, 2011
A short while back, in fact quite a little longer than a short while back, we were asked to gold plate a one ounce silver doubloon replica coin. The doubloon was originally a Spanish coin which was used mid 16th to the mid 19th centuries. It was hand-struck from gold and is commonly referred to as a “gold piece”. The doubloon weighed approximately one ounce and was solid 22 karat gold.
The doubloon was also widely used in the West Indies and South America. Due to being made from almost pure gold the doubloon had value worldwide even where it wasn’t legal tender. Since much of the piracy that took place was between English and Spanish privateers, Spanish gold doubloons often formed English pirate booty.
The doubloon in the following video was actually 24 karat gold plated by us.
Amateur film maker, Robert Lorrimer made his short film “Rock Bottom” over two consecutive mornings at ‘Petit Bot Bay’ on the island of Guernsey armed with a Canon 7d DSLR, light weight tripod, a banana and a suitcase.
The following image ‘Compass and Coin’ shows the actual doubloon featured in the video and was kindly supplied by Robert Lorrimer.
More details on this film clip can be found here: Rock Bottom.
If you would like a quotation or advice on an items suitability for gold plating please use our contact form.
May 25, 2011
We were recently asked to gold plate a number of steel tickets for an upcoming music festival taking place over 3 days, 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July 2011.
Beat-Herder is a handmade, music festival held on the first weekend of July in the Ribble Valley, Lovely Lancashire. This year the event is hosting headliners including Leftfield, Simian Mobile Disco, We Have Band, Mr Scruff and many more over 8 stages and three days.
To celebrate this years’ festival the Beat-Herder organisers decided on a golden ticket:
The competition idea: ‘Just like Willy Wonka, (but not in a sinister lock children in a factory style) 5 Beat-Herder ticket orders will be randomly assigned a ‘Golden Ticket’. This is to be very special in several very special ways. Firstly the Golden Ticket order cost will be refunded regardless of the number of tickets, it’ll be totally free. If it’s an order for one ticket, we’ll bump it up to two! Secondly, Golden Ticket holders will get £100 Beat-Herder spending money. Thirdly, if you’re a winner, we’ll meet you on the gate with a weekend’s worth of drinking tokens. Fourthly, you’ll get a voucher for some t-shirts and stuff from the gift shop. Fifthly, we’ll even polish the ticket before it’s sent out. A very special prize!’
Originally we we’re going to have a ticket made from brass, but after realising the ease and cost effectiveness of real gold plated tickets, we couldn’t resist treating the winners to a proper souvenir on top of the rest of the prize.
More details on the festival and the golden tickets can be found by visiting the Beat-Herder website at www.beatherder.co.uk.
November 24, 2009
The Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife pictured below shows the typical before and after images of the type of work we can do and the finish we can achieve. The image below shows the knife prior to stripping, polishing and electroplating.
The following image shows the completed knife which has had the blade thick nickel plated with a 24 carat gold plated grip.
The knife is double-edged with a foil grip developed by William Ewart Fairbairn and Eric Anthony Sykes in Shanghai before World War II. This was made famous during the War when issued to British commandos, including the SAS. The knife is so symbolic of British Commandos that a solid gold Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife is part of the commandos’ memorial at Westminster Abbey. The knife features in the insignia of the Dutch Commando Corps, founded in the UK during WWII, the Australian 2nd Commando Regiment, and also the British Royal Marines.
April 25, 2009
Photo above shows a camshaft part fitted to a Merlin engine.
Cam prior to cleaning and polishing.
Close-up of cam prior to cleaning and polishing.
Cam degreased & polished prior to electroplating.
Close-up of cam degreased & polished prior to electroplating.
Completed cam in 22 carat gold plate.
Close-up of completed cam in 22 carat gold plate.