Has anyone knitted with white gold wire? I've been asked to use
white gold instead of fine silver and I would appreciate any
advice anyone can offer on best gauge to use, if it needs to be
annealed and if so, how to anneal and where a good source to find
white gold wire in the 28 to 30ga range. I would be using size 1
First, understand that fine silver and white golds are at opposite
ends of the hardness/stiffness/workability spectrum among the precious
metals we use. Most white golds are a LOT harder and stiffer, and work
harden more quickly, than you’ll have been used to with fine silver.
So be prepared to have to struggle a good deal more with the stuff to
get it to knit neatly. Try to work so the wire is not repeatedly bend
and twisted, etc, more than needed, since the speed at which it work
hardens will quickly make it harder to work.
Second, if you can, avoid the use of any of the nickel based white
golds, which are the most common in the U.S. Instead, use a palladium
based white gold. The color of these alloys generally is darker,
sometimes warmer in color. Sometimes described as “brownish”, though
that’s in comparison to the very white nickle white alloys. By
itself, it’s not brown, just a darker toned greyish white. The
palladium based white golds, while still considerably harder to work
than fine silver, at least will give you a decent chance, as they are
softer and more malleable, and work harden much more slowly.