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Electroplating nickel, and electroplating in general, has a long history that goes as far back as 1800. The chemist Luigi Brugnatelli is known to be the first to use electrodeposition, or electroplating, to plate gold over silver metal objects. Brugnatelli had a close friend who discovered the basic principles that allowed for the usage of electrical “voltaic” cells. The man's name was Allisandro Volta and this is where the name volt originated. Brugnatelli used the associated electrical and voltaic basics to create the concept as well as achieve the practical application of plating. In 1805 he was able to actually plate a metal object of silver with a small layer of gold.

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.

Over time others developed and expanded on the concepts and theories that Brugnatelli first worked on and brought to light in the field of electroplating. The ability to plate was used widely in the 1940s with the beginnings of the electronic industry. Plating in circuitry is very useful and can be found in practice very much so today.

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).

For those interested in more than just the history of electroplating and wish to do more than read about its origination there is a lot of information available for the do-it-yourself, hobbyist or at-home plater to keep them involved and up to speed on plating kits, plating techniques and plating applications available for very little money. Although there are various plating kit vendors and manufacturers on the market today, it is very important to research the right type and size of kit for the project at hand. Buying the very cheapest kit may not be the best idea and one would be smart to research different kits and make sure they have enough solution and other materials before settling on a specific kit.

For example, a 1-1/2 gallon tank-based, traditional nickel electroplating kit that involves the submersion of the conductive metal to be plated in a chemical nickel salts solution can cost around $230 from an online retailer. This kit will allow the user to add a plate onto steel, brass, copper and many other metals. This would be mainly used for decorative plating on a small scale. It would include a degreaser tank and an auto agitator and filter pump to keep the solution moving and surrounding the material to be plated. But how much does the kit pricing go up for larger kits?

A quick look at an online vendor shows that a 3 gallon kit would run about $300, a 4-1/2 gallon kit $360 and a 15 gallon kit around $2,000. The larger the kit the bigger the tank and more materials such as nickel salt solutions that will allow for larger pieces to be plated. These kits will provide all the material needed, including instructions, for anyone interested in plating their own projects with a relatively affordable at-home setup.

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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