I was just asked to make a logo pendant with gemstones in place of
the epoxy fill like on the sample presented. With the recent postings
about torch firing enamels I’m wondering if this could work for me.
Using 4 princess cut diamonds in white gold bezels (equivalent to
cloissones?) and hard enameling the background. I thought maybe
carving a lapis background but this seems too excruciating, given
the geometric pattern involved. My questions are these
Any problem enameling white gold? I could probably make it from
palladium white gold or platinum if that works better.
I’ve read there is concern about soldered components shifting while
firing. If I used 20K white welding solder can I expect a problem? At
what temp does the enamel work?
Any pros/cons to setting the diamonds before firing? My thought is
that setting after firing would run the risk of chipping the enamel.
How slowly must it be heated and cooled?
Thank you very much