Reduce, Reuse, Re-plate

Old Stiffel lamps come up often at auction. Lots of "antiqued" brass, even though the majority of them are only brass plated. You can usually pick them up cheap, and as these had nice shapes, I did. Not a pair, but definitely related, and a nice size.

One of them has a bit of corrosion, so when I took them to the guys at Acme Brass Plating we decided we'd start with the clean one first and see how it went. I picked it up over lunch today, I think it went well.


They had to cover the brass plating with copper first, then the nickel I wanted, but it polished up beautifully. I'm dropping the other off next week and hopefully they'll be able to make it work.

6 comments:

maison21 said...

AWESOME!

Craig said...

What a transformation! We have two 1920's standard lamps with original glass shades which could so with their work. But a bit too far to bring them!

ChrisToronto said...

Night and day. Fantastic!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

they look fantastic! I have some cheap old silver 'plate' candlesticks from target that have seen better days that I've saved in hopes of having replated. I just may have to look into that now!

David said...

Stefan, its not cheap but it's not awful, especially for something you care about.

Raina Cox said...

Damn, if you won't bring back Stiffel!