I’ve started alloying and fabricating my own gold sheet and wire.
Sheet and heavier wire gauges are working out fine. But I’m having
trouble drawing down 18k and 22k red golds into very fine wires
(20g and finer). By the time I get to 19-20g with the drawplate, I
keep breaking off the taper on the wire. Even annealing between
each pass, I’m still experiencing frequent breakage. The alloy is
relatively high in copper relatively, little or no (22k) silver,
which I suspect is part of the problem. But I do like the color!
Maybe not getting completely annealed? I’ve also wondered from my
reading if a tiny bit of zinc would make the alloy more malleable.
Any suggestions? I remember John Burgess (I think it was you,
John )saying at one point last year that he had drawn down a
fair bit of gold over the years. What am I missing here?