I’ve mostly been using 18K gold wire in my knot tying, though I
do a lot of practice pieces with fine silver. Not too long ago
someone asked me about using platinum wire for a ring, but I’ve
never worked with that metal at all. Is it hard to draw into
wire? How soft is it when it’s been annealed?
The reason I use 18K or better in my rings is that there is
considerable work involved in tying the knots - the lower karat
wire is harder, and it’s already hard enough to do the knots as
it is. (And that’s for yellow, don’t even ask about white!
Loren S. Damewood http://www.golden-knots.com
Decorative Marlingspike Seamanship rendered in precious metal.
Specializing in five- and seven-lead Turk’s Head rings.