If you cant afford to buy the granules, you can cut your own. I was
in a granulation class taught by Jean Stark, and she had a tool to
cut the wire for granules.
After the class I bought one immediately, and it is one of the best
purchases I have ever made.
It is sold by Allcraft Jewelry Supply in New York.
Allcraft Jewelry Supply 135 W 29 St, Manhattan, NY, 10001-5104 (212)
Pavel had it specifically designed for this purpose. I just checked,
and they are out of stock, but you can call and find out when they
will have them again.
You can see pictures of the tool at:
An ounce of small granules is about 50,000 granules. I can cut about
2-3 a sec, 180 a minute, or 10,800 an hour. That’s enough to last
for a while.
At the price of granules being $700 plus the cost of the metal, this
tool pays for itself before the first ounce.
I take the snippets, put them on charcoal block ‘slightly’ tilted
down so they will roll into a dish of water, separate them with my
solder pick, use a small flame on my Smith torch, start at the bottom
so they will not run into each other, and heat them from side to
side on the block. There will be some doubling up, but they are easy
to spot and sort out afterwards, and they all get used eventually.
Love and God Bless