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High Karat Bezel Work


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A hint about fusing high karate gold. I picked this up in a class in
Mendocino taught by Kent Raible. He uses ground Malachite (grind
very fine) powder wet with a solution to make a paste which he applies
to the joint, and then fuses carefully. He joins a lot of his gold
work by fusing instead of soldering. This method is also used in his
granulation work. Check out some of his jewelry in Lapidary Journal,
last issue I believe. The powder can be purchased as copper carbonate.
The solution is made of 1 part of gum tragacanth in distilled water (a
milky solution), 1 part Battern’s Flux ( or a self pickling liquid
flux), to 3 parts distilled water. Then add small amounts of copper
carbonate until you get a creamy solution. Just paint it over the
joint, This works on all 18 and 22 karat golds. Kent used to have a
’Granulation Hot Line’, he must have a web site by this time. John
Burton


#2
Then add small amounts of copper carbonate  until you get a creamy
solution. Just paint it over the joint, This works on all 18 and 22
karat golds. 

Are you suggesting that you can use this process to fuse 18k gold?
If so, I would be extremely interested in trying this out. Please
let us all know!

Neda Nassiri