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Does gold fuse like fine silver?


#1

Hi,

I am thinking about making some chain…already do some in fine
silver with fusing. Does 14 kt. or 18kt (etc) gold fuse in a similar
fashion as fine silver or must it be soldered?

Thanks!
Donna


#2

14kt gold is a little too “brassy” to fuse well. It can be done, but
it gets gas easily. 18kt, at least my alloy, fuses pretty well. Use a
boric acid/denatured alcohol dip, or you’ll get oxides which will
give
trouble.

http://www.donivanandmaggiora.com


#3

Donna,

As I understand it, the presence of the alloy is what makes it
harder to do. I don’t know that it’s impossible, but I haven’t heard
of anyone making a practice of it. Fine silver, fine gold, sure, but
alloys tend to be a little persnickety about flowing together without
benefit of some lower-melting alloy to help the process along.

Loren
http://www.golden-knots.com


#4

24k and 22k fuse easily, but 14 + 18 require soldering.

Jennifer friedman
Ventura, CA