Thank you everyone for your input!
Menu-Just how many charms do you need?
Jo, I need about 5000 pieces of one design, and 1000 pieces of
another design per year. The charms are flat, so they are certainly
suitable for die cutting. The ability to cut charms from gold filled
sheet is an attractive option.
However, I have two concerns. First, when you punch a shape out of a
gold filled sheet, it creates cutting edges with the exposed brass
core (especially if I file the edges to smooth them out). Would I
need to coat the edges to prevent the brass from turning people's
skin green or the charm rusting from the edge? Perhaps Nano ceramic
electroplating Vernon suggested is a good option? Or since the
exposed area will be narrow (the thickness of the charm is 22 gauge),
this is not a concerne Second, I may not have time to punch and clean
6000 charms.... Maybe I should look for a company that can die cut
and coat charms.
One option you might want to look into is doing nano ceramic
electroplating on the pieces as it deposits a clear if you want or
colors if not to your piece and protects it from tarnishing and
Vernon, thank you for the This is the first time I
heard about this. I looked at a unit sold by RioGrande. How long does
it take to coat a small charm? Can you heat plated charms in a kilm?
Is it possible to coat multiple pieces at a time? Of the 6000 pieces
I need, about 3000 are gold plated and need coating.
For now, I'm using Protecta Clear by Everbrite to protect charms
from tarnishing. I'm now testing its durability, but I read it lasts
for a good long time. I dip about 20 pieces at a time in the
solution, and spend about 7 minutes to clean the excess solution. I
repeat this twice and air dry the pieces for 4-5 days to fully cure