I have a few of those roses that have been dipped in 24kt. gold and
would like to recover the gold. From what I have read I can purchase
a piece of compressed charcoal and chisel a depression in it, break
up the gold covered rose, put it in and melt it with an oxy-acetylene
torch, sprinkling on some borax powered occasionally.
This sounds too easy so I am thinking there is way more to it. One
question is, what happens to the rose that is surrounded by the gold?
Won’t all the charred remains mix in with the gold? I imagine this is
something that most of you learned years ago, but I have not been
able to find much on how to except very basic as I said
Can someone elaborate on the process for me. I have never tried
anything like this, in fact the way I found the Orchid web site was
searching for some on how to melt the gold off these
roses. I have the torch set, but that is all, and I have read that
using oxygen is not good for some reason.
Years ago I had a friend in Vancover BC that was a jewler and spent
some time with him, he did lost wax and all sorts of things and I’d
really like to try me hand at it, so first off I need to get the
material off the darn rose.