Why don't you try keum-bo? This will apply a thick enough layer of
gold and may survive the firing.
I can't speak for Justine, but my issue with fluxing and gold
foiling or straight keum bo for the warm colors, is that I tend to
create mostly basse-taille pieces and I'm concerned that I'd lose too
much of the surface detail that I've so lovingly created. Also, I
don't wish to apply clear flux under the red, because it kinda
defeats the purpose of basse-taille, I won't get quite the same
effect as the clear doesn't give me the same results as different
thicknesses of colored enamel on the same piece does.
However, from the feedback I've gotten from Ganoksin, and the
enamelist yahoo group (primarily from Alan Heywood of Heywood
Enamels) it seems that plating is not the answer for a few key
reasons. The primary reason, as it has been mentioned, is that the
gold would diffuse into the silver at the temps that the enamels are
fired at. Then when I suggested perhaps applying an under plate of
nickel, I was told definitely no go. Not sure why, but perhaps
there's an issue with the COE of nickel?
So, I'm back to finding a red that can be applied directly to fine
silver without a significant color shift. This used to be the famous
Aoki 105B, but that is no more-and I've had time to mourn over its
tragic demise. I've already tried LT95, and that turned orange on the
first coat and the second coat turned a completely uninteresting
brown, with hints of red. I have one more red to try, a Ninomiya
G704, which I'm hoping might work better. After that, I'll see if I
have better luck with the Schauer reds sigh. However, I suspect
I might have to abandon this particular design, unless I find that
elusive red. Anyone have thoughts on a red that can be fired directly
onto silver without turning brown?
Now, if I worked in cloisonne, this wouldn't be nearly as big a
deal-I'd simply flux it and be done with it...
PS. Thackeray, I attended your PMC soldering seminar at the
conference last year. It was very enlightening. I still hate
soldering it, but I appreciated the effort that was put into the