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Greetings and Salutations!

My name is Sharon and I have just joined Orchid. I have recently
opened a retail store after working out of my basement doing
fabrication and repairs for 6 years. (I have a six year old son…).
The challenge of doing retail repairs is somewhat more "interesting"
than I had anticipated. I do have a question. I am trying to repair
an antique watch bracelet that is 12k gold filled. I need to solder a
small piece onto one of the links and am using 14k for lack of any
other available material. Does anyone have any suggestions on which
solder to use? I’ve neverworked with gold filled before. Any
warnings? Thanks!

Sharon


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I am trying to repair
an antique watch bracelet that is 12k gold filled. I need to solder
a small piece onto one of the links and am using 14k for lack of any
other available material. Does anyone have any suggestions on which
solder to use? I’ve neverworked with gold filled before. Any
warnings? Thanks!

I trained in repair. Did a lot of gold filled and a little gold
plate. Gold filled is okay to work with. Basically it can be
worked just like gold. Usually the the base metal is brass and
has a higher melting point. We used to fill corrosion holes in
the backs of watchcases with straight 14K gold. The only cautions
are to look for lead or other soft solders. The brass base is a
fast conductor of heat and requires the kind of heating that is
used on silver. This means that one also needs to watch for
springs and stones.

Good luck.

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