Hi, Lucille aka Beadwyfe,
As a silversmith who has, bit by bit, moved into working with gold,
let me say-- I think that, in trying to avoid confronting gold
head-on, you may be backing into a pain in the butt ;>).
I haven’t used gold PMC, but it is much more expensive than gold
sheet, so I don’t think it will help you. It might be possible to
kumboo it, but not easily onto sterling, and you are much better off
with 24k kum boo foil (Allcraft carries it).
You can fuse gold to sterling with a torch, but it is a fairly
difficult technique. If you want to begin to add gold to your
pieces, here’s my suggestion.
First, a Don’t: don’t start with 14k. It has such a low melting
point that you could ruin a lot of stuff mastering it (I did!) Now a
couple of Dos: You could try working with 18k. Yes, it is expensive,
but it is much more forgiving than 14k, and will show up much better
on silver than its paler cousin, 14k. If you melt less of it, it is
cheaper in the long run.
An easier way to get started (IMHO) is with sterling/22k bimetal.
Then, you are soldering sterling to sterling (using silver solder),
you get the strong gold color of 22k, there is no base metal
involved (as with gold filled), and you are buying the smallest
usable later of gold but still getting big impact visually.
You can buy bimetal from Reactive Metals and from Hauser and Miller.