Silver plating, more complicated than it sounds / by Tayja Danger

Today was another huge step in the finishing process of this cake pot--plating the copper and bronze with a thin layer of sterling silver. 

This is a dangerous process involving lots of nasty chemicals, an electric current and a lot of fiddling around with anodes. I am truly grateful to my good friend who knows the process well and helped me (really, he did all the work and I just assisted him). I don't even know how to thank him, except like a typical Alaskan: by giving him some salmon. 

 

 Here he has just plated the lid. That stuff that looks like water is actually cyanide with fine silver anodes.  

Here he has just plated the lid. That stuff that looks like water is actually cyanide with fine silver anodes.  

 Here it is after one coat. I scrubbed it really well to remove some residue and then we gave it another good plating.  

Here it is after one coat. I scrubbed it really well to remove some residue and then we gave it another good plating.  

It took way longer than I thought it would--I should have guessed that because I know that's the way most processes go. The plating itself doesn't take long but all the setup and metal prep does take quite a while.  

 I had to run to work but here are all the pieces ready for me to polish a little. 

I had to run to work but here are all the pieces ready for me to polish a little. 

I'm so excited to go back to the studio and polish it up. Next up: working on the handle!