If you are using a rather solid piece of fine silver with at least
the equivalent of 16ga then you will not need to counter enamel.
Useful fact. Thank you for telling me.
Also, you do not have to worry about firescale when using fine
The main reason I was led to considering that I should experiment
with torch enameling a side or two or my forgings.
Britannia silver of .958 might be okay, but I was told it wasn't
being produced any longer.
According to U.K. law, Britannia silver is any silver that meets the
purity standard of the law which defines it. It hasn’t been made in
centuries because there is no economic reason to. But there’s no
legal reason why anyone could not, today, create an article meeting
that standard and having it hallmarked by an Assay Office with the
Of course, I am in the US, and the Britannia standard is legally
irrelevant here. But chemically it might prove to be a decent
compromise between purity and mechanical strength, given today’s
It is the addition of copper to the silver that creates the
problem. do you know how to depletion guild?
I don’t have any professional silversmithing training whatever.
Everything is all book-learning, a lot of surfing, and my 10 foot by
16 foot outdo= or laboratory back of my house.
I’m attempting jewelery as a hobby right now, after a previous
lifetime of electrical engineering and computer science. I’m also on
SSDI as during that same lifetime I have worked for a long time while
struggling with various mental illnesses, and in 2008 I had reached
the point where I have now become unemployable.
I’m in an isolated area of the country where there are no
professional jewelers willing to teach, no arts courses available, no
apprenticeships offered, and no jobs. Travel is not feasible because
my SSDI barely covers my family’s living expenses. Tuition is even
less so, because my wife owes a large student loan already, we have a
mortgage, and unlike a young person I cannot justify a loan for job
(Would that there be some Saudi King willing to pay for airfare and a
semester’s training under his artificers. It’s one of my favorite
I’m completely on my own, except for the internet, where I tend to
ask a lot of people a lot of annoying questions. A lot of people
have been very helpful though.
I have made quite a lot of progress since my starting point a few
years ago, and while that progress might be laughable from the
standpoint of a master jeweler, at least that and caring for my
family keeps me from falling on my sword due to boredom.
So, I don’t know know how to depletion gild. I’ve read that the
process involves nitric acid, which is a major reason why I have not
tried it yet.