I wanted to add some gold granulation to my sterling silver pieces
(think a little larger than granules 1 - 3 mm)...what kind of
solder would I use? Gold? Silver?
I think this may be a little tricky. Granulation refers to fusing.
When solder is used, you don’t get the same effect. Someone can
correct me if I am wrong, but I think if, for example, you have a
sterling ring shank and you want to add gold accents to it and you
used silver solder, you will inevitably have a bit of silver solder
up on your gold accent ball…which will have to be cleaned up. If
you used gold solder, you will inevitably have a small pool of gold
solder down on your sterling ring shank. This will have to carefully
be cleaned up. It is the cleaning up part that is bothering me. I
think when the differently-colored solder has to be cleaned up, you
will be left with a weak join, which may fail.
Have you tried looking into traditional granulation? I don’t believe
you can do it with sterling in the mix, but you can, say, make a fine
silver base, add gold granulation to it, then solder it down to your
There is much more to be added, of course, but I
wouldn’t go into it unless you wanted to hear more about granulation