The problem is as follows. I am trying to make pendants in silver
which I try to embellish with gold foil and niello. Keum-booing the
gold foil to the silver is not difficult. I never made niello myself
and I do not intend to. Instead, I bought some from Fischer in
Pforzheim. Their niello does not contain any Pb and this raises the
fusing point of the niello to such an extent that, when I try to
apply it to the silver, the gold starts to disappear into the silver.
There seems to be no solution for this. The fusing point of the
niello is just too high. I am not even sure that I apply the niello
the correct way. I found an old email in the Orchid archive, saying
that the application of niello without pb is different from niello
with pb, but the author of this email does not deal with these
differences. If I can ask you, what would you do in this situation?
In case the niello wouldn’t work, is there any realistic and feasible
alternative which I can try?
Thank you very much for reading.
With best regards,