There are several ways to produce a piece that is silver (or
primarily silver) but has a lovely golden color.
Patina: A liver of sulphur patina, done room temperature, slows
down the reaction enough to stop it at gold, rose gold, etc. It’s
quite durable over time (I’ve had pieces that were done 10 years ago
that haven’t changed a bit in color). Can also be re-done if needed.
As you’re not going for an iridescent color, you can seal the gold
patina with a clear lacquer or wax for added durability.
Keum Boo: In this technique, you first raise the fine silver to
the surface of the sterling (or you can just use fine silver if
appropriate for the piece), then fuse a thin layer of gold foil
(usually 22K or 24K) to the surface of the silver. You can use
multiple layers if you wish to deepen the color even more. I don’t
recommend using gold leaf for this - just too thin for control and
you won’t get the color you’re looking for.
3, 18K/925 bi-metal: You can either create your own by fusing a
layer of 18K gold to a thicker layer of sterling, or you can purchase
sheet already fused (try hauser and miller for excellent quality).
The gold layer is much thinner than the silver layer, so you achieve
the look of gold without the cost.
I hope one of these techniques is what you’re looking for!
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