I have just started to plate, and I am doing vermile, sterling silver jewellery plated with 18k yellow gold. After many tries, I now able to plate my earrings. I have lowed the voltage to 1 and the gold liquid temperature to a lower temp 38c, and I am placing it in the liquid for 12 seconds. This is a lower temp then is suggested and a shorter amount of time. I found it was discolouring the cold was not looking bright, but matt when doing for longer. I wondered if the temperature even lower still and left in longer, would the plateing be a thick layer and be a better job?
I am also having problems with the chain to my necklaces. They are coming out with patchy small sections that are not planting. I am cleaning them in the ultrasonic, then cleaning liquid rinsing in distiled water, then putting them in the gold solution. I have been wrapping the chain a tightly as possible as I saw on youtube that this could help, and they still having patchy sections. Do you have any suggestions?
Also, is anything I can do with failed plating that I have done. Do I need to buy a plating pen to be able to do those sections? Or can you reverse the prosses so the gold is removed, or do you have to get them refined?
Any help would be amazing as I have google and watch so many you tubes on this and reading article on here, but still a little lost as to what to do?