I am about to make the transition from working with silver to
working with gold. Fortunately I have a wee bit of gold purchased
before the prices went ballistic, and have decided to use it.
My previous attempts at working with gold were a disaster, as I was
treating it as I did the silver. Since then I have done a lot of
studying and know that I should direct the flame on the area to be
soldered and that it is not necessary to heat the whole piece.
My question is, I will be working with 18 K gold. Can I use 14K as
the solder? It is the same color as the l8K, so that is not a
I have a strip of 14K bezel which I will not be using for bezels. My
first attempts found it too stiff, even though I had annealed it.
Therefore I will be using 18K and 22 K bezels. Can I use a snippet
cut from the 14K bezel as solder?
I have always been so intimidated at the thought of working with
gold, that I just have not really done much. However, a friend put
it all in proper perspective. “Just pretend you are working with
cheap brass, and forget the cost of the material. Unless you get in
there and practice, you will never learn. Even if you botch a piece
or two, the scrap will be worth more today than when you bought it,
so you have nothing to lose.”
So, back to my question. Can I use a snippet of 14k gold as solder
when working on 18K???