Becky-It’s not a good idea to plate gold directly over brass. You
will need to copper plate, then nickel or palladium plate, then gold
Otherwise your plating will discolor.
Also your pieces must be finished before plating. Any surface flaws
such as scratches will show.
So to gold plate brass you will first need to finish, then clean,
sterilize, electro clean, rinse in distilled water. Then copper
plate, rinse well in distilled water. Nickle or palladium plate,
rinse again, then gold plate.
Be sure to wear gloves and do not touch the item with bare fingers
or you will contaminate it. Also be very sure that you follow the
directions on the solution bottles for temperature of the plating
solution as well as how many amps. Both really make a difference in
Remember plating is only microns thick so any jewelry that will get
a lot of wear like say a ring, will need to be re-plated often. My
sister Nan has a gold plate over silver chatelaine/broach watch I
made for her. I have to re-plate it once every year or two.
When it works right plating can be magic. When it doesn’t it can be
Have fun and make, lots of jewelry.