Some suggestions here on granulation and for understanding the
"education" behind how granulation works.
The “glue” mixture for granulation (10 drops distilled water, 3
drops Hide (you can substitute gum Tragacanth here) Glue, 2 drops
Batterns flux) is much less toxic than using superglue. I prefer a
Using Cynoacrelate (sp), which is Super Glue, is highly toxic when
burned off, not to mention, it’s just too darn sticky too fast.
The granules like to bunch up when wet, and while they are in this
"wet" stage, you, the artisan, has the ability to move the granules
into position. Good granulation techniques take time and patience. Be
sure to coat the granules in a copper salt bath first, which is
nothing more than a copper dish, a little steel or iron, and some
copper saturated pickle.
After applying the granules, it is important to allow the glue to
dry and set up first. Then you can apply heat. Skipping this part
makes the granules jump out of position.
IF your granules are popping off (and of course that has never
happened to me, LOL), and you are watching not only granules leap off
your piece in the shape of $ signs, a crucial step was left out.
I highly suggest that if you want to enter the world of gold
granulation, then seek the advice of the best granulation expert I
know. Ronda Coryell does amazing granulation and has worked in Bali
watching what they do.
Ronda has a website and DVD’s on the process. Invest, watch and
learn. Be patient. The traditional methods work for a reason. Once
everything is mostly in place, you can solder it down if necessary.
She is a wealth of