By all means, keep working and you'll get it right. You do not say
what process you are using. I am using James Binnion's process as
described at http://www.mokume-gane.com/Workshop/Mokume_Workshop.html
I have found that you can learn this by yourself (with beautiful
results) but it takes some time.
Cleanliness is very important for a proper bond between metals. I
scrub my metals 3-4 times with liquid dishwashing detergent, handle
them only with gloves and rinse them in distilled water.
I use a very old kiln that I fiddle with constantly but it works
fine. As long as your kiln can maintain temperature for many hours
you should be OK there.
Next, you need to make sure you are bonding at the correct
temperature for the alloys you're using. Binnion suggests firing at
50-100 degrees F below the lowest melting point of all the metals in
I usually use 24 gage metals in my stacks, usually about 15 layers.
I have never used gold
Steve Midgett has a book, Mokume Gane, a Comprehensive Study, that
is a very good reference. In it, he says that 14K yellow and 14k
Palladium white are "difficult to bond or difficult to work ." I
don't know which. According to his chart (pp 42), all 14k yellow
gold combinations have this problem. The only recommended
combinations of golds are 18K green with 24 or 22K yellow.
Apparently Palladium white bonds well with copper, shakudo, kurimido
and bronze (but not brass).
I hope this helps. You will probably get other pointers from other
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