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Roger the Dodger

Advice on silvering a longcase clock dial.

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Many years ago I did a project to repair and restore my old grandfather clock...there was a thread about it. At the time, Steve (Clockworks) who helped me through the project asked if I was going to resilver the dial, but at that point I was undecided. Now that I have more time on my hands, I would like to get hold of a silvering kit from Cousins and have a go. Traditionally, only the chapter ring and maybe the circle at the top with the makers name in it are silvered, so my question is how do you go about masking off the parts that you don't want silvered. Is it just a case of using masking tape and carefully cutting round the inner and outer edges of the chapter ring before applying the silvering powder? Any advice gratefully received.

This is the clock face and I want to silver the chapter ring and the makers plaque at the top.

Grandfather clock.

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