Had a BIG problem with an 18K rose gold ring. We cast it ourselves,
using David Fell 24K and David Fell 14K rose alloy, but only alloyed
to 18K. Used all fresh gold, no button or scrap. Cast at 900 degrees.
Set some pave’, soldered a head, put the ring in the pickle pot while
still hot from soldering but not red hot(we have to walk to the back
room to get to the pickle pot, so there was at least 30 seconds to a
minute cooling time). When the jeweler pulled the ring out of the
pickle, it had shattered. Huge big cracks running through the entire
ring, the surface looked like a broken window pane! Obviously, we
cannot delliver the ring in this condition, and we need to remake it,
it is a wedding ring, exactly what the bride dreams of,so we need to
know where we went wrong before we start again. Has anyone run across
this problem? Help!