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A nickel electroplating kit can range from a small brush-type plating kit to a large kit that incorporates several bottles of solution, a tank, a power supply and everything else needed to complete the task of nickel plating. Many people will look for the ability to not only plate gold and silver in an electroplating process but also have the product and material to be able to do copper and nickel plating as well. Plating jobs that incorporate all four of these metals will make a larger kit necessary. The kits give the plater the flexibility to do a wide range of conductive plate products.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

The benefits of using nickel for any plating projects are two-fold: the nickel plate will add a luster and shine to any base metal that is being plated. For example, a copper plate that is used to build up material or cover a metal alloy like aluminum or die-cast metal will then be improved on with nickel by adding a more appealing top layer. Of course, this top layer should be buffed and polished to give it a finished plate that is ready for others to see. Some say a very well polished nickel can even pass for show chrome. The second benefit of using nickel in an electroplating application such as a car or motorcycle part is that nickel is very weather resistant. Its anti-corrosion, ability to withstand wear and tear and resistance to friction makes nickel a worthwhile and even desirable metal for plating purposes.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

When using nickel solution in a nickel electroplating process you will be able to make a plate barrier over some metals like copper or brass and this will help make sure that a top plate of gold will keep its color and beautiful luster. Secondly, you can also do a triple nickel plating on certain parts that may need the extra durability. Lastly, you can plate copper contacts for electrical needs and purposes. These are only a few different options when plating with nickel. DIY and at-home platers will find many potential opportunities for nickel plating.

Check into the various online dealers to find the right size and type of nickel plating kit for your project. There are a few to choose from that will depend on the project and how much of a total budget you have set for your job. A quality purchase will go a long way to providing the right materials for a final outcome that will make you proud.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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