What is electroplating?

Posted on April 10, 2015 by Amelia Ebdon

The Alice Made This Nanotechnology range of cufflinks and lapel pins is produced using an industrial electroplating process used in the British defence, aerospace and electronics industries. It may sound complicated, but the basic principals go back to GCSE chemistry. 

Cufflinks | Lapel Pins | Electroplating

WHAT IS ELECTROPLATING?

An electric current is used to form a complete metal coating on an electrode (an electrical conductor) by reducing dissolved metal cations (positively charged atoms). This process is called electrodeposition. In the circuit, the part to be plated is the cathode (our cufflinks) and the anode is the metal which will plate our products. We use 24 carat gold, pure rhodium, silver and copper.

Both components are immersed in an electrolyte solution which contains dissolved metal salts and ions that allow electricity to flow. Once the current is flowing, the metal atoms are oxidised at the anode so that they dissolve into the solution. At the cathode (our cufflinks), the dissolved metal ions are reduced and plate the cathode. 

The process produces a wonderful high polish finish with reflective properties. 

Our cufflinks, lapel pins and shirt studs

Inspired by the industrial electroplating process, we designed a collection of cufflinks, lapel pins and shirt studs using this nanotechnology technique. Available in gold, silver, rhodium and copper; our collection provides high polished and refined details, perfect for a wedding, for work or to accessorise a more casual look. We love the reflective properties of the metals and the precise edge that this gives our mens cufflinks and designer lapel pins. 

 Cufflinks | Lapel pins | Electroplating | Alice Made This

Gold lapel pin | Electroplating | Alice Made This


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