Can I barrel polish a silver bangle with gold leaf applied by Keum
It seems a bit of a cheek for me to come back here after so long
with a technical question but I would really appreciate your
experience and advice here.
I have made a fairly complicated silver bangle of formed wire and
cut sheet. It is already hallmarked and has 4 bezels ready for stone
setting. I have just applied 22ct gold leaf to 3 small leaf motifs
that are solderedalongside the wires and bezels. It was a very
tricky process. I decided to do it that way round rather than gilding
before assembling as I knew the piece would need heating for
soldering many times before completion. Now I’m not sure how to
polish it. I would like to barrel polish first as this would help
with work hardening and give the bangle more ‘spring’ for putting on
and taking off the wrist but I don’t want to damage the gold leaf
after all the trouble it took to apply.
My guess is that it should be alright but I’m afraid to take the