Gold plating is most commonly an electrochemical process by which a thin layer of gold is deposited on another metal. A current draws positively charged gold ions through a gold bath solution to adhere them to a negatively charged piece of metal, take wine glassware for example.
A gold rim on decorative wineglasses can add a touch of elegance to any occasion. The color gold is associated with beauty, refinement, warmth and success. It is often used decoratively to enhance everyday items such as holiday ornaments, picture frames, windows and wineglasses. No matter the occasion, or your artistic skill, you can make decorative gold-rimmed glasses quickly with common home and art supplies.
l Wash your wineglasses in warm soapy water with a lint-free microfiber cloth.
l Rinse your glasses and then hand dry them with lint-free cloths.
l Stand a wineglass upright on a flat, level surface.
l Position a ruler vertically against the glass with the 0 measurement line pointing up and aligned with the top edge of the glass.
l Measure down from the 0 line to mark the width of the gold band you want to have run horizontally around the glass at the rim. For example, if you want a 1/8-inch or 1/4-inch band, measure down 1/8 inch or 1/4 inch from the top. Mark the spot with a glass marking pencil.
l Move the ruler slightly less than 1/2 inch to the right and mark the glass again. Repeat this process until you've marked the entire glass.
l Cut a 1/2-inch long piece of tape and align the 1/2-inch wide edge with two of the side-by-side marks on the glass. Press the tape firmly to the surface.
l Repeat this process until you've taped around the entire glass. When you're finished, set the glass aside and repeat with the remaining glasses.