In view of the high price of gold and silver, and needing some low
priced items for a show in which I will be participating, I have
begun to work with bronze which I am casting (Lost wax casting) This
is all new to me, as I have never before worked with bronze.
The castings have turned out great, but I need to attach some bails
to them I have been unable to find bronze sheet, so am considering
making the bails out of either sterling, or copper.
My question is whether sterling and/or copper bails can be soldered
to the bronze. If so, can I use regular silver solder.
If I find that the color of the sterling is not really compatible
with the bronze I plan to dunk the piece in some contaminated pickle
hoping to copper coat the sterling.
For my next casting, I intend to have bails part of the design,
which would eliminate the job of making separate bails. However, for
the present I have a batch of pendants all cast and needing bails. I
thought of cold connections but the design on the pendants will not
allow for this. Future castings will take all this into
consideration, and will have bails as part of the design, or else,
space will be left for cold connections. Hind sight is wonderful…
Will appreciate your collective thoughts on this.