Thank you for all the detail on soldering for jewelry use Nick.
Perhaps I can explain a little more on how this is useful
to me. I have here a fish carved in ceramic clay. It is about 3 x 1 x
What I want is for that to be carved in nephrite so that it can be
our counterpart (when mass produced) of the $10 Polar Jade green
I want it inlaid with spots, splotches, lines or ? to brighten up
the more subdued colours and patterns of the nephrite. The overall
shape should be the elongated body of the trout-salmon family of
fishes but otherwise as abstract or impressionistic as the artist
wants. But the inlay could be metallic or non-metallic.
By analogy, I just finished my first complete hearth, floor to
ceiling and inlaid with about 300 lbs of my best nature-tumbled river
stones from Fraser and Chilliwack rivers. That’s 300 out of 10-15x
that already selected so the colours and patterns are excellent…
but subdued. I wanted brightness. So I mounted glass buttons about 1
inch in diameter between stones (cabochon shape I guess you would
say). The shiny reds and greens and clear and blue glass works well.
Now we could put the nephrite fish out to the 13,000 on Orchid for a
competition with corresponding payout to the winners. How would you
suggest we proceed? For example, is it better to start with a ceramic
model and then have it done in nephrite?
Perhaps the inlays could even be varied - gold or platinum would be