As a leading UK nickel plating company, we are often approached by customers with special projects that require expert handling. In the last Nitec blog post, we described our involvement in electroless nickel plating ‘The Spaceman’ for british artist and metal sculptor David Mach.
The size, surface area and fragility of the sculpture were all important considerations that needed to be addressed by the staff at Nitec. The sculpture had been constructed in three parts with an internal support structure.
As specialists in the process of electroless nickel plating, we are used to handling and plating large engineering components. An oversized nickel plating tank was used to nickel plate the sculpture, and the internal support structure of the piece was used for jigging.
By using this method, the fragile exterior of the sculpture was protected and it was subjected to the minimal amount of handling by Nitec staff.
When the sculpture had been through the process of nickel plating, a thin lacquer was applied to the surface and then and baked on in the furnace. This process helped to maintain the appearance of the electroless nickel coating while the statue was on show.
To find out more about electroless nickel plating and the way it can be used in art and sculpture, or for more information about our specialist nickel plating services, please visit the Nitec website.