So a client and I have melted down almost an ounce of mostly 14K
yellow and some mystery gold. We are rolling it into a chunky sheet
that we will bend into a band ring.
I am used to doing this process in 18 or 22K gold, but not in 14K.
We are constantly battling cracks, and the piece is very hard. We are
annealing to a red, letting it cool a couple of seconds then we
quench, pickle, sand and roll through the mill. It gets 2 passes
through the same tightness before we clamp down even tighter,
although only a tiny bit more tight. Sometimes we do a fusing like
process over the cracks during the annealing process where we heat
them up very hot to fuse a little, and then we ball peen hammer over
the cracks. Sometimes we use a belt sander to sand below them.
I worry that when we go to bend this piece into a ring it will just
crack all together. We are going to bend it on the kick press. Would
anyone recommend working the gold while it is still hot? Does anyone
have any more suggestions on how to do this more safely. We are
almost to the point of bending and soldering. Any tips on this would
be greatly appreciated.