Dear all Orchidians,
Hi, I am a self-taught jeweller in Hong Kong who always work with
silver. Recently I need to make a hammered white gold band. So I got
a piece of 3.5 mm 18K white gold round wire (I didnt order
palladium-white, so I suppose it’s nickel-white…) and planned to
solder a plain band and hammer it afterward.
However, I just found out that I couldnt even anneal it. I went
through Oppi’s bible and other masters’ book for advices and tried
heating it up with hand torch to bright red then air-cool but it’s
still as hard as steel.
So I am desperately looking for help! What’s going wrong actually?
Was the temperature not high enough? Is it impossible to anneal 3.5mm
white gold wire with Prince 3000S hand torch? Or have I missed out
any procedure? Please kindly advice, THANKS A LOT!