I would like to make Gold Idiots Delight Bracelets for my family for Christmas. It has been suggested to me that the gold would be too soft, is that indeed a fact?
Teresa, I’ve made plenty of idiot’s delight bracelets and I have
never soldered the links. In fact, it was taught to me as a
weave where one does not solder–a cold joining project. I’ve
mostly worked with sterling in many guages, and it holds up
nicely. Depending on your karat of gold, I’m not certain. I
have found 10 karat wire much harder to work than the silver.
I’ve not really “played” around with 14 kt wire, but I’m sure
someone else around here has. I’ve wondered if it was
comparable to sterling to work with. My husband has a 24 inch
continuous sterling idiot’s delight chain that I made a few
years back. It took about two ounces of 18 ga round, and I
think that I could break his neck with it before it would break.
For Christmas last year I made my sister a bracelet out of 20
guage, and I only soldered the ring I hooked to the spring ring.
It’s a lovely piece and she
I’d love to hear what all you find out!