After several fruitless months searching and contacting every
manufacturer of gold findings and wire that I could find, I’m now
forced to assume that noone makes green gold filled wire. So now I’m
toying with the idea of tryingto fabricate some myself.
I have not been able to find many detailed sources of info as to how
filled wire is made. Has anyone here every made their own filled
wire? Or does anyone have any books or articles that provide good
details on how it’s formed?
From the the little sources I’ve found, filled wire is made from a
thin wall tube that then has a silver or base metal wire inserted
into it and they are bonded together. Do they use solder to
accomplish that or is it simply done by heat fusing? My initial idea
is to take a small brass round wire/rod and coat it in solder paste
and the wrap a thin sheet of gold around it, and pop it in the
furnace to solder the two together. If I do it right there will
still be a seam, but I’m not chuffed about that. Then I can
roll/draw out the rod into whatever thickness wire I desire. I may be
crazy, but it just might be crazy enough to work.