I’ve been trying to get the hang of depletion gilding silver and am
not having much luck. I’ve been following instructions from Orchid
and from a recent article in Art Jewelry magazine, which say
basically the same thing: heat up the silver until it turns black,
pickle, rinse, repeat. The thing is, when I try this, it only seems
to work on the first go-round. After that, the silver will no longer
turn black, even if I heat it up to a glowing cherry red. (I’ve been
practicing on scraps, mind, not finished pieces.)
What am I doing wrong? Just how bushy/yellow should my flame be?
Should I use a firecoat, or not? Or should I just throw in the towel
and buy some Argentium ™ ?
Many thanks for your advice,