Hi all. I’m relatively new at this jewelry making stuff so the
following incident which I think is a bizarre situation might
seem pretty common to many of you. Well, here goes. I had a
gold ring cast at Ampex in NY. Was doing some filing and
polishing work on it prior to setting the stone. Placed it on a
metal mandrel to check size. It felt like it was stuck on the
mandrel so I just manipulated it with my fingers, twisting it
around to loosen.
Well, when I slipped it off, it had fractured, or should I say
split in a ragged way in the same spot the sprue had been. I’ve
soldered it shut and it looks fine. You’d never know. But I’m
curious as to why this would happen. Are my fingers that strong
(I tore gold with my bear hands )? Could there have been
hidden porosity? What exactly happened here?
Thanks in advance. RD