Hi everyone -
I want to start off by introducing myself. My name is Joe Korth and
I am an art jeweler working in Denver, CO. I have used the Orchid
forums for awhile to research various topics that I have had
questions about, and have found a lot of helpful posts. Working off
of those posts I’ve gained some experience myself, and want to share
that with the members of the forum as a way to continue building a
knowledge base that benefits everyone.
I teach at a jewelry school here in Denver that, I am proud to say, I
believe has an extremely good program and offers classes in a very
wide variety of subjects, covering everything from art jewelry and
PMC to advanced stone setting including bead and bright and pave.
Many people do not even know there is a jewelry school in Denver, and
it’s only been in the last few years since my mentor took over the
school that things have started to really progress. Now…on to the
I recently read most of the posts in the archive concerning using
titanium as binding wire, and wanted to share my experience. I got
some titanium from Reactive Metals in gauges 20, 24, and 30, and have
started using the 24 gauge. So far, it works like a dream. Many of
the pieces I have been working on as of late involve soldering long
sections of material together, and I need to use binding wire to hold
things together while also using quite a bit of solder. Needless to
say, the iron binding wire inevitably gets soldered to the materials
and has to be filed off (no fun). The titanium wire will not solder
to anything, and so has been great for this application. Additionally
it can be put in the pickle. I have not found it to create any
problems as far as being a heat sink. It is, of course, very strong,
but also more brittle that the iron. After being heated it becomes
even more brittle and is pretty much useless after one use. Overall I
couldn’t be more happy with it and would recommend it highly.
Thanks for all the answers you have provided in the past, hopefully I
can begin to provide some answers myself.