I’m hoping that some enamellers out there - or trade platers etc -
might be able to help me with this… Is it possible to enamel on a
good plating of gold? If you have a silver item and have it plated
with a high karat gold to a good micron thickness, can it be
enamelled as if it was gold? Or will the plating disappear into the
silver with subsequent firings?
If it is possible, would any preparation need to be done to the piece
beforehand? If the piece incorporated both sterling and plated gold
and I wanted to depletion gild the sterling by bright dipping it in
nitric, would the gold plate survive? OR, if I had the piece plated
in BOTH fine silver and gold, would that suffice for the enamelling
process? Would there then be no need to raise a fine silver skin?
Since surely a plated fine silver surface would have a thicker layer
than a bright dipped or depletion gilded surface??
If anyone has any thoughts on this, or experience, I would be very
grateful for a heads up! :0)