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Keum-boo Scrap


#1

Just wondering how everyone deals with all the little scraps of gold
left over from cutting out pieces for Keum-boo. I assume it can be
turned in with gold scrap but I have never tried??


#2

Well, it’s usually either 22K or 24K pure gold, so there would be no
reason not to turn it in with your gold scrap. Alternatively, you
could melt it down yourself or, if you have enough of it, use it to
increase the karat of something you’re alloying yourself. FInally, I
tend to look at whether the shapes are something I can use to inspire
a design! That’s why I seldom melt my scraps from piercing/sawing
work – they can work wonderfully as components in freeform fusing.

Karen Goeller
No Limitations Designs
Hand-made, one-of-a-kind jewelry


#3

I don’t see why scraps of gold left over from Keum-boo couldn’t be
turned in with gold scrap. Gold is gold. However, I use my scraps.
Often I take pieces and overlay them on the already fused foil,
burnishing over heat until the scrap is totally fused to the gold
underneath. This gives a deeper gold color to the Keum Boo, and can
also be used for adding depth to the design.

Alma


#4
Just wondering how everyone deals with all the little scraps of
gold left over from cutting out pieces for Keum-boo. I assume it
can be turned in with gold scrap but I have never tried?? 

When I’m teaching keum-boo, 24 kt. is always used and it is rolled
into foil. No cheating for the students! Besides, it also allows you
the benefit of getting the foil as thick or thin as you want. If you
have access to a rolling mill, just remelt the scrap into a thin
ingot and roll it into sheet again. Or you can use the gold for
alloying or enriching an alloy. If you’ve got enough gold scrap to
worry about sending it to a refiner, you can afford an inexpensive
rolling mill, and will never regret the decision.