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Soldering with 14k pink gold


#1

Hi!

I have made lots of sterling silver bezels but I am trying to figure
out how to make the same with gold. It is not the same. I melted a
few pieces so I am learning the hard way. I am in desperate need of
advise. I want to make a bezel for a 20mm round stone using 14 karat
pink gold. Should I use a charcoal block? Should I quench it right
away with water or air cool it. I heard it might get brittle if air
cool.

Thanks in advance for your help,

Maria Burgos
mariaburgos.etsy.com


#2

Hi Maria,

I have made lots of sterling silver bezels but I am trying to
figure out how to make the same with gold. It is not the same. I
melted a few pieces so I am learning the hard way. 

I also had trouble the last time I tried to solder a gold bezel onto
sterling silver. I figured that in my case it was because I prefer
to only use hard solder, and also because I can’t afford gold sheet
the same thickness as the sterling sheet I normally make my bezels
from. Therefore the gold was quite thin by comparison, and the gold
bezel was melting before everything came up to a high enough
temperature for my hard solder to melt. So next time, I’ll be using a
lower temperature solder.

I want to make a bezel for a 20mm round stone using 14 karat pink
gold. Should I use a charcoal block? Should I quench it right away
with water or air cool it. I heard it might get brittle if air
cool. 

Hopefully someone else will answer this, but is it the same as rose
gold, which is best quenched in alcohol rather than water?

Helen
UK


#3

Thanks Helen,

Yes, pink gold = rose gold. Sorry for bothering you again. Alcohol?
Methylic ?? Mix with something or pure? I am using a little smith
torch point #5, is it too much? I have 100 questions LOL.

thanks
Maria
Http://www.mariaburgos.etsy.com