Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Finding a BRASS PLATER in The Greater Chicagoland area

112 inches long by 22" wide by 33" tall

This is how big of a part Imperial Plating Company 
of Chicago can accept to be Brass Plated.
Mid-Century-Modern Brass Plated Fireplace Screen © KRAMER DESIGN STUDIO 2014

There are fewer and fewer Metal Platers left in Chicago these days.
Chicago, at one time ("back-in-the-day") had so many Metal Finishing and Metal Fabrication Companies that it rivaled (and surpassed)  Detroit and Los Angeles.
Most of the business has gone to Asia and Mexico.
The remaining companies that do Brass Plating are so overwrought w/ Regulations- 
mainly from The EPA- that they can no longer afford to stay in business.

One of the more toxic chemicals known to man- Cyanide- is used in Brass Plating, 
so it is important that it be used and stored and disposed of properly.

Furthermore- the larger the "part" that needs to be plated- 
the larger the amount of liquid being held in a plating tank- 
and the larger the tank - 
the larger the Environmental "risk" incurred.

I've used Imperial Plating twice now- for Decorative Fireplace Screens, and both times the results have been superb. 
Not only the final product- but dealing with people as kind and thoughtful as 
John Griffin- the Sales Manager @ Imperial Plating Company.
John made sure to cover all his bases- understanding that the Fireplace Screen I was to have plated was NOT just some part- and truly "got" how much of my heart and soul went into the fabrication of this Fireplace Screen.

Brass Plated Fireplace Screen with demountable Screen + carved foot detail © Kramer Design Studio-2014
John and I discussed details as minute as the the direction of polishing after the part was plated, and how my client requested NO LACQUER to be sprayed after polishing- something they automatically do to a Brass-Plated part. We also discussed the risk of the plating filling in the holes in the the 10mesh screen I used- so I had to "engineer" a 
"demountable-screen-system" to make this work. 
None of these details seemed to ruffle John's feathers at all- 
a consummate Professional Businessman.
Brass Plated Fireplace Screen with demountable Screen © Kramer Design Studio-2014

So, remember these dimensions the next time you need to get sumpin' expertly 
BRASS PLATED in-and-around-Chicago- 112 inches long by 22" wide by 33" tall,
if it's smaller than that- they can take care of you !

Feel free to tell 'em "The Man of Steel" sent ya!

Imperial Plating Company
7030 West 60th Street