Originally Posted by OffJumpsJack
Mike, thank you.
That link is about what I was seeking. I think the Bates Silverado are steel not aluminum, so maybe I need to look for a custom plating shop instead. Although that sounds pricey to me.
Looks like they're anodized aluminum and not stainless steel. Silverado knitting kneedles.
That's good otherwise you would be limited if you had to rely on oxidizing or plating. Any color can be done with anodizing.
I was looking into anodizing because I was making bow parts. The parts were too big to cover easily. The amount of acid I needed pushed me away and I went with paint because the parts wouldn't see any wear and tear.
If you don't have a local that would be kind on the price it may be worth it to do your own at home since the required amounts would be so small.
A real problem is being treated like a meth lab when trying to put the chemicals together. I can't buy my torch chemicals at the same time at some stores.
Paint or markers are not really an option on needles since they have constant rubbing. I've even worn/scratched off anodizing which is why I like my nickel plated Options so much. I'm sure it will eventually wear but at least it doesn't seem to scratch and accelerate the process.
I just wish they'd have a black nickel color option to cut down on reflections.