Orchid Enamelers. I would like to attempt a project where I am
enameling into a etched copper piece [14g]
Is it to be champleve?
that is soldered onto another 14g copper piece.I will be making
enameled grips for a very small hand gun. The smaller backing
piece will fit into the hollows of the handle and the larger top
piece will carry the enamel. I would use IT solder but my concern
is the silver solder between the two copper blanks. I know that
fine silver wire sitting on bare copper will alloy itself into
sterling and pool or "melt" right through the copper in the
temperatures of the kiln. I suspect this same thing will happen
with the solder, alloying itself into the 2 surfaces of the blanks.
Is this a problem? I intend to create some stabalizer pegs so the
two pieces do not slide in relation to each other.
Use the 72/28 eutectic alloy sold by Thompson Enamel Co as IT solder
- use just enough to do the job - it'll be fine !
I could make the whole grip using fine silver and forgo the
hassle but of course there would be a price difference. The price
might be worth it to avoid hassles. The grips are only about 2" x
1-1/4". I know that fine silver is soft but the grip is supported
by the framework of the steel gun plus this gun will never be used
[is non-working and will only be on display]
Why not have them cast in Sterling silver - I mean "Sterling"
Sterling silver here - 92.5% pure silver with 7.5% pure copper and
nothing else. The material cost is trivial c.f. your labour costs.