I’m trying to be different for my intended and I’m making her
engagement ring at home. I have no experience, but I like to think
I’m clever, and so far things have been going well. I’ve banged my
way through a large part of the process, built my own vacuum casting
machine, and successfully made a casting from OttoFrei’s “10-14K
nickel white” alloy.
I’m adjusting my waxes and preparing for The Big Day where I’ll try
again with the palladium white alloy I intend to use. But… I have
I’m going to make the alloy myself using some 24K 999.9 gold bars
I was given when I was born (sentimental thing). I also got a few
grams of 999.9 palladium, zinc, copper, and silver. I also found a
couple “sample” recipes for good palladium 14 and 18K alloys… but
how do I choose which to use? Apparently alloy compositions are a
I would have assumed that the more palladium in the alloy, the
whiter it is. However at least one manufacturer (Hoover and Strong)
has a chart showing that their 18K palladium white is “whiter” than
the 14K… http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/1ht How does that work?
When alloying, will I have to stir the metals or will they mix
properly of their own accord?
What is properly used to pickle palladium white gold? Can I use
HCl or H2SO4? Or do I need that name brand disulphate stuff?
Thanks in advance.