Thanks a lot for your precious advices! You are right, I’ve double
confirmed with my supplier today that what they had sold me was
Nickle White gold with no palladium - that’s why it’s so hard.
I’ve tried your annealing instruction today, i.e. slowly heat it up
to barely red and then quench after the redness has just faded - AND
However, that only allows me to slightly alter the shape of the
wire, which is, barely changing the curve for few degrees only, and
it became steel-hard again. I then annealed it again in the same way
and gave it few strikes with a swiss-made hammer - there are only
hammering traces, but the round shape of the wire barely changed at
As what I would like to make originally is to solder a plain band
with a 3.5mm round 18ct white gold wire in US size 4 1/2 and then
hammer it into a irregularly oval band up to US size 7 1/2, this
nickel-white is probably too stubborn for this task. I am planning to
refine it as scrap and get a softer alloy from other suppliers.
So, what will be the right white gold alloy to look for, as a bench
jeweller with 2 hand torches, especially if I am interested in
hammering works? Besides, will the above task be anyway impossible
for any kinds of white gold alloys? (i’ve tried it in sterling and it
works well, of course, but I have no clues on how it will be with
gold alloys…) Or, shall I simply get a seamless court-shape cast
band from Rio Grande with just 1 size smaller and slight hammer it to
give it a desired texture?
Sorry for all these clumsy questions! And once again, really
grateful to your help!