I have been working with sterling and 14k gold fill (at this time I
cannot afford to move into gold) and also have some chains made from
large links in 22K vermeil. I have found a number of creative uses
for these links by themselves but when I cut a link to remove it
from the chain, I have to solder every other piece to make it
useable. Does anyone know if I could use disposable pen plating in
24K to cover the solder seams and any areas which need a light touch
to cover the sterling? I would like a solution that is quick, easy,
and doesn’t involve a lot of expensive equipment. Since I would only
use it for this application, the cost per use is less important than
the overall up front investment. The pieces I am making will be
earrings or pendants and the vermeil will be layered on sterling to
avoid everyday wear and tear, diminishing the life of the plating. I
didn’t ever plan to use vermeil, but I made a few pieces with these
links and they are selling really well.
I saw an ad from Cohler and looked into their disposable plating pens
Don’t know the pricing yet, but this is a totally new area for me.
Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated.