Metallurgy 101

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Posted on: 8/1/2005

Question: What is nickel silver?

Question:

What is nickel silver? I have been asked to submit a pricing quotation for plating a large number of pieces made from this material and want to know what I may be working with. D. B.

Answer:

It's good that you are determining the composition of the base material before submitting a price quotation. I still find plating shops that fail to do this and end up with unexpected surprises when they start plating the parts.

Nickel silver is an alloy that is used in a number of different applications. Silver plated flatware and jewelry are two such examples. It is an alloy that contains:

 

Component Percentage
Nickel 10 – 15
Copper 55 – 70
Zinc 20 – 35
Hope this helps!

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