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Nickel plating kits and electroplating kits can use any number of base metals in order to plate and give finish to these materials. Choosing the correct plating kit for nickel plating after defining which base metal to plate is the next step for the home, hobby or small business company that wishes to use plating as a method of repair, restoration or decoration. These kits are perfect for use by vintage car enthusiasts, model hobbyists, jewelry dealers, antique dealers, clock makers or gun smiths.

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.

Various metals that can be used with nickel as the covering plating metal include chrome, steel (stainless or not), iron, copper, brass, bronze and aluminum. Once plated with nickel a buff, polish and cleaning can make the nickel shine and take on a great appearance similar to chrome. Nickel also has great weather resistance along with a hardness and anti-corrosion quality.

Options of kits for the home nickel plater range from the brush plating kit to the small tank kit or the electroless kits. Each one has its advantages over the other while offering a wide range of alternatives. There are several online dealers that sell these kits all over the world. It's important to look into what each one has to offer the novice at-home plater before deciding on which kits to buy.

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).

A nickel plating kit that uses a tank for larger pieces may include five gallons or so of a tank solution like copper alkaline for use in building up a copper base before plating is done. This will be used on materials like steel that require a base coat (plate) before a final deposit of nickel is done. The tank kit may include nickel solution for plating, nickel anodes and wires. This would be used with a battery or power supply. A 10 amp rectifier may also be recommended for use with a tank kit which may just be plastic five gallon buckets.

A brush electroplating nickel kit is very easy and simple to use and also safe. It is for smaller objects and would include metal wands and a swab bandage that affixes to the end of the wand piece. After dipping the wand and swab into a solution the plating can begin. Kits will commonly include a clip for the anode, the plating material (nickel), which is on the positive charge and a clip for the cathode, the object to be plated, and is on the negative end of the charge. These kits use 120 volt of AC power, 16 oz of nickel plating solution and instructions.

The electroless nickel kit is very simple and uses objects submerged into a heated nickel solution in order to plate the base material. Electroless plating can be very even and uniform compared to plating with electricity which can leave thin spots in divots or recessed areas. Regardless of the kit used the base material should always be cleaned and repaired as much as possible before plating begins.

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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