A small question, was the silver/copper ring in your pictures
actually worn by someone? or just a test piece?
I too made many hundreds of items from mixed colour metals, mainly 3
colour bronzes, and can also confirm that copper and silver didnt
last long in ring form. Whichever it was, can you recall the time it
took to go from new to falling apart? Having spent my 1st 7 yrs doing
mainly enamelling, it would be interesting to fill with enamel when
the ring was eroded down say 1.5mm.
Tho enamel on rings is also a problem area.
My experience of people and fragile rings goes back a long way. Not a
very practical combination.
On the link you list your experiments with titanium.
I finished up by going down the argon shielded arc route for
production joining, as I also used it on some of the stainless alloy
work I was doing.
Well worth the investment, as it open the door to so many new ideas
and subsequent product lines.
The “dark ages” range of bracelets and rings were made from
stainless steel argon arc assembled then polished and fire oxidised.
Really looked the part and were superb to wear.
No corrosion or colouring of the skin despite hardwear.
Contrary to most gold and silver smiths, I dont work to comission
having a large product range covering the main historical periods.
Tho during the past 6 to 7 yrs have been drawn more into engineering
I said to a customer last week a problem a day keeps altzheimers
away. Always too much to do.!!