I have done some work in this area with limited success (meaning I
got it to work, but didn’t acheive the full result I was looking
I tried directly fusing Platinum to Silver, ending up with a nearly
pristine piece of Platinum, and a sort of glowing blobby mess of
sterling. (I know some of you are rolling on the floor, howling in
laughter, but hey, it was worth a try!
The next experiment went much better, prepping one side of the
Platinum for soldering with abrasive, and soldering to silver and
gold using Silver solder.
I found the combination could be stamped, and hammered (to an
extent), but that upon milling, and forging the disparity in
densities and tensile characteristics of the metals worked against
What I learned from the experience is that (at least for me) Platinum
by its very nature is not particulary user friendly when directly
paired together with other metals in a fabrcation environment. I
think the absence of this kind of jewelry in the commercial market
I have found Platinum an expensive, finicky, and demanding medium to
work in because its capacity to forgive in the way that gold or
silver does is extremely limited.
Back at the workshop I have a whole box full of layered Platinum,
14k, and Silver bracelets rings and earrings.
Because the group is not ready for prime time, I have been using it
for finishing experiments (the characteristics of Platinum
dramatically change finishing needs of mixed metal work).
I was going to send the whole lot off to the refiner next week, but
if you are interested, I can provide a piece or two for you to monkey
If you would like to discuss it, please call me at the studio at
With best regards,
M. M. Rogers Design