QUESTIONS ABOUT SILVER REPAIRS AND REPLATING
Holloware is the anything that is used for serving food or displaying
food. Examples are; A tray, teapots, sugar, creamer holders, spoons, hot
water kettles etc.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE
TO REATTACH A BROKEN LEG, HANDLE, SPIGOT, FOOT, FINEAL, HINGE OR BORDER?
First determine what type of metal; all of the above items are usually
made of lead, pewter, and pot metal. The item is usually made from
copper, brass, nickel, or steel. Before soldering the item and part to
be replaced must be cleaned, then soldered together using flux and lead
solder, after soldering they are cleaned again to remove any scale or
excess solder that was used, Then the item is repolished where it was
repaired or totally repolished, then sponge plated or totally replated,
which procedure is followed is usually determined by the condition of
the item, is any silver worn off or missing,
On some plated items it is necessary to copper plate the
before soldering them because the solder will not stick to the item and
the plating will not adhere.
CAN YOU REPLATE A
You can replate knife blades, but they are usually steel, which will
pit, plating does not fill pits it is a coating that is applied
electrically. The blades must first be nickel plated before silver
plating. When knife blades are replated the plating usually will come
off from scratching against bones or cutting boards. If they are going
to be used for show plating usually will work.
CAN YOU REATTACH A
KNIFE BLADE IN THE HANDLE?
Knife blades can be reattached, but you must first remove all the old
plaster of paris (color white), pitch or shellac (color brown, black, we
have seen sand in some you never know what they used, some pitch's
removes easy some are very difficult to remove, sometimes in removing
the handle will break from the heat and or force necessary to remove.
(We can repair the break most of the time). After RESOLDERING usually
with silver solder or lead, the item needs replating and polishing.
CAN YOU PUT A NEW
BLADE IN MY OLD KNIFE HANDLE?
can put a new blade in your handle. They are stainless steel, we can
replace knife, serving pieces, forks any thing to fit the handle, The
biggest problem is matching the exact style, but we have pictures and
can match most, It doesn't matter whether plated or sterling the blades
are stainless steel.
CAN YOU STRAIGHTEN
MY SPOON WHICH FELL IN THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL AND IS ALL SCRATCHED UP,
NICKED, DENTED, TWISTED, ETC.?
can repair you spoon, we usually remove all of the rough spots so they
will not catch, the bowl is reshaped close to the same shape, but
sometimes must be a little smaller, you can not really tell, then the
item is replated and polished, We repair sterling or replated items.
CAN YOU COPY A
BROKEN LEG FROM MY TEAPOT OR TRAY?
can copy any leg, but to do this we must first remove one to make a sand
casting of the leg then cast one in lead, this finished then they both
are reattached to the item, then they are replated and polished.
CAN YOU REPLACE A
FINIAL (THING USED TO LIFT THE LID) ON MY TEAPOT?
can copy one from you coffeepot, and reproduce it in lead, then they are
both soldered back on and replated and polished.
MY TRAY HANDLE
BROKE IN TWO CAN YOU REPAIR?
can solder or replace the handle, first remove good handle, cast in
lead, reattach, polish and plate.
CAN YOU REPLACE A
COMB IN MY COMB HANDLE?
can replace a comb in the handle we can also repair breaks in the back
of the comb.
CAN YOU REPLACE MY
BRISTLES IN MY HAIRBRUSH?
can replace the bristles, this done my coping the block which holds the
bristles, making a new one and reinserting in the handle. Each is one of
a kind made by hand.
CAN YOU RE-MIRROR
can replace the mirror with flat mirror or sometimes with faceted
mirror, then it is installed and polished. The old mirror is usually to
scratched to re use.
BROKE AT THE ARM, CAN YOU AND HOW DO YOU FIX IT?
Information to repair a candle stick whether Sterling Silver or plated
or pewter which is broken the same procedure must apply, (1) determine
the metal, (2) remove all of the pitch, shellac, plaster of paris, lead,
we have many different things used to weight and fill the item, this is
done by removing the base and cleaning it out for soldering, when all is
removed the item is cleaned, (3) The item is soldered back together, if
sterling silver then sterling silver solder is used, if lead or pewter
then lead solder or pewter solder is used after soldering the item is
refilled with a pitch for weight and so that the item will not dent,
then the base is put back together and sponge plated or polished if
sterling, we can also make a piece to fill a gap or hole must see first
to tell you which is better, also we must see both candle sticks if it
is a pair so that the height will not be different and they will match.
To replate your candlesticks I need to know the
height of the candlestick? I also need to know how many arms or candle
holders/ lights. They are usually 1, 3. 5 etc. lights. How many bobashes
if any, Bobashes are the holders that fit in the hole where the candle
goes. Please note: not all candlesticks have them. Are any repairs
needed, broken arms, bases off, etc? If it is a pair, please send both
so that the height can be the same.