Palladium is a whole different animal, it is a sponge for
oxygenand hydrogen which are both present in your torch flame and
there is abundant oxygen in the air.
I started this portion of the thread, and I say these things in the
spirit of conversation, not argument. It's kind of like certain
foods -"Well maybe you just never had it cooked right". The meaning
being that certain things are inedible unless they are "cooked
right". My take on that is why eat them, have a nice steak or
asparagus or what have you. Life is too short to eat things that
need to be "cooked right", in that sense. Same goes for palladium, I
just don't see the point, or ANY point for that matter.
We have gold, we have platinum, we have palladium white gold which is
a fine alloy. We even have silver, which is only easy to work until
you've graduated into gold or platinum. There is argentium and there
are all sorts of things. So what's with working with an ugly (face it)
metal that resists about everything a metal worker needs to do? I
know it's trendy and some want to sell it, but jeeezzzz! Some want to
work it, which is why this thread is here, I suppose. Experimenting
and getting a feel for all metals is always useful, yes. I'm afraid I
just don't get why anyone would want to fool around with something as
cantankerous as palladium, though, given the other wonderful metals
that ~could~ be chosen. Passes the time, I guess. Platinum is
expensive - it is, in mybusiness, an "if you have to ask, etc."
proposition. But working it is like being in heaven - the exact
opposite of palladium. Well, that abomination called cobalt platinum
is as bad if not worse. Yeah, maybe a rant but it's not just that -
don't shoot yourself in the foot, ifit's not fun why do it? Use
palladium white gold - it's wonderful to work. If your customers
can't afford it, tell them to come back when they can.