If opaque colours are to be used, the badge is fired in the kiln to remove all traces of grease. However, when transparent colours are required, the badge is chemically treated to prepare for enamelling as these colours are affected by the nature and copper-richness of the background metal which varies greatly in old originals. Having prepared the badge appropriately, enamelling can now begin.
Segments of the badge are over-filled with traditional leaded jewellery glass in a moistened powdered form. It is then dried thoroughly and fired in the kiln at approximately 800oC to melt and flow the glass. This process is repeated until all the colours are in place making due allowance for different firing temperatures of some enamels.
When the primary enamelling is complete, the excess glass is ground back to remove it from metal borders and letters and leave a precise thickness in the inlay areas. The badge is then dipped in glass-dissolving acid for a short time to remove the tiny debris particles from the now porous surface. Shape is checked and alterations made if necessary before final firing in the kiln to re-gloss the surface of the glass.
badges are made up of more than one piece and at this point they are soldered
back together. Preparation for plating follows. In most cases the badge is
polished to a mirror bight finish; badges with three-dimensional aspects are
polished as far as possible as excessive polishing of can destroy detail;
years’ of experience has taught us just how far to go with this process.
Nickel and chromium plating is carried out in our own plating department which
has been specifically created to only process enamelled badges.
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