Does anyone know whether the same or similar technique used to make
damascus steel (forge-welded laminate of different alloys) could be
used using gold and either sterling or platinum? The technique
strikes me as being cousin to that used in mokume gane (sp?), though
my knowledge of that is limited to the discussions here on Orchid.
I’m concerned that the gold might alloy into the silver or platinum
rather than leaving a distinct boundary.
From metallurgy in engineering school I’m inclined to believe that I
need to try and choose a gold alloy that comes the closest to
matching the melting points of the silver and platinum, then
carefully monitor the billet temperature and time. Any suggestions
or recommended readings would be greatly appreciated.