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[Looking4] Gold filled products manufacturer


#1

Hello,

I am trying to find out if there are any companies that will produce
my charms using the gold filled process?! We currently plate
everything but want to take our charms and have them produced in 14k
gold filled. Is this an option anymore?

Thanks in advance!!!
Sara R


#2

Sara,

I am trying to find out if there are any companies that will
produce my charms using the gold filled process?! We currently
plate everything but want to take our charms and have them produced
in 14k gold filled. Is this an option anymore?

If you are looking for a higher quality product without going to
karat-gold, you may want to consider Vermeil, which is sterling
silver plated with at least 10k gold, 2.5 microns thick. Customers
are very receptive to Vermeil once they realize that it is silver
and gold without a base metal. In other words, all precious metal.
Many charms are available in sterling, and you can self-plate or
outsource the gold plating to whatever specification (karat and
thickness) that you want. Just an idea.

Jamie


#3
I am trying to find out if there are any companies that will
produce my charms using the gold filled process?! We currently
plate everything but want to take our charms and have them
produced in 14k gold filled. Is this an option anymore? 

Some charms and items can be produced using the gold filled method.
Volume is one of the requirements due to the process of
manufacturing. Gold filled items are made from gold filled sheet.
This is basically Laminated metals through pressure / heat. So, the
processes that you can use to create jewelry items using gold filled
is Stamped, Rolled, formed… To do this requires stamping dies
and trim tools to be produced. We have done that for customers if you
require those services. If your designs can be produced this way, we
can help you… otherwise, we can produce your items using the lost
wax method and Vermeil plate them.

Most of the items we do for our customers are cast in various metals
and some designs are plated to various thickness. We do Vermeil gold
from 20mils to 120 mils in reasonable quantities. We can also plate
for you in various colors such as 14k /18k/ 22k and Rhodium.

Metals we cast through the Lost wax process are Sterling, Deox S88
Sterling, Deox S57 Sterling, Argentium, Pure Silver and Pink
Silver(looks like light copper). Platinum,10K gold to18K gold in
white, yellow, royal, green and red and 22K and 24K. Base metals
such as Bronze, white Bronze, Brass. Through another process using
large round rubber molds we produce various forms of lead free pewter
castings used for volume costume jewelry and figurines. Most costume
jewelry is also plated to various thickness and colors. If you can
use our services, Please contact us through our website.
http://www.racecarjewelry.com As an Orchid member, you get your
first lost wax mold for free when using us for your production needs.

Daniel Grandi
Racecar Jewelry Co. Inc.


#4

Thank you for the info but I should of clarified my position. We
currently produce Vermeil jewelry. I create every thing in Sterling
and the use an outsourced company for my heavy 18 k and 22 k plating.
I recently acquired a contract in producing some charms for an long
standing company. This particular company used to buy 14k gold filled
charms. The problem I have with Vermeil is that it does eventually
wear off and needs to be replated. I was told that the gold filled
process was a more durable process. Is this true? Are there companies
that still produce gold filled items to the jewelry trade? In other
words, I want to cast my own charms and then send them to a company
to have them covered using the gold filled process.

Thanks,
Sara


#5
The problem I have with Vermeil is that it does eventually wear off
and needs to be replated. I was told that the gold filled process
was a more durable process. Is this true? 

Yes even vermeil is still a plated coating in the 2.5+ micrometer
range, gold fill can be as much as 100,000 times thicker than
vermeil

Are there companies that still produce gold filled items to the
jewelry trade? 

Yes gold fill item production is still being done.

In other words, I want to cast my own charms and then send them to
a company to have them covered using the gold filled process. 

Gold fill is a wrought process not a cast process. So you need to do
a little research to understand the difference on the production
process involved. But in short gold fill charms will be die struck
from sheet not cast.

James Binnion
James Binnion Metal Arts


#6

As I understand it gold filled means just that a cylinder of either
12 or 14 k gold filled with a base metal (probably jewelers bronze
or silver as in the case of vermeil which is then physically shaped
by rolling or drawing. This produces a layer of Gold at least 20
times thicker than plate. Flat sheet comes as either single or double
clad.In Canada gold filled means a garentee that the gold portion is
at least 1/20th of the mass hense 14/20 or 12/20.


#7

Hi Sara

I want to cast my own charms and then send them to a company to
have them covered using the gold filled process. 

As I explained in an earlier post, real gold filled jewelry is
produced by Laminating / rolling/ compression of thin sheets of metal.
and then.through Stamping, forming, rolling, the jewelry charms and
other items are created.

Gold filled cannot be applied to a pre existing casting as a
coating… So, Unfortunately, your only choice is heavy plating or,
if the charms can be stamped, then making tools dies, trim tools etc
and having them fabricated.

Hope this helps.
Daniel Grandi
Racecar Jewelry Co. Inc.
http://www.racecarjewelry.com