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[UK Source] Gold for Keum boo supplier?

Can anyone please advise where I can buy gold in the uk to try keum
boo> I believe the best way is to roll your own sheet from 24 carat
but can’t find a supplier?

Many thanks
lou

Hi,

Allcraft, in NY allcrafttools at yahoo dot comsells two thicknesses
of foil. The thinner can only be used after all soldering is done.
The thicker can survive a bit of soldering. Allcraft ships
internationally. Rio Grande also carries gold foil. Theirs is a bit
thinner than the thinnest that Allcraft sells. When I want thicker
foil, so that I can do a lot of annealing and soldering, I buy the
thinnest 22 or 24K sheet I can get, and then roll it out until the
rollers won’t roll it any thinner. (If you want it thinner yet, you
roll it between sheets of oxidized copper.) I hope this helps, if you
are unable to find a UK supplier.

Cynthia Eid
http://www.cynthiaeid.com

Hi Lou,

Are you in a position to cast and roll your own sheet? If so,
Cookson Gold sells fine gold casting grain.
http://www.cooksongold.com/product/Fine-Gold-Grain/code-ARZ-000/

Helen
UK

Hi Cynthia & Helen.

Helen, I don’t think i’ll try that one just yet i’ve bought enough
equiptment for me to do most silver & aluminium techniques but
casting may be a bit advanced yet (i’m a complete newcomer to all ).
Thinking foil may be easier if I cant get the sheet. Cynthia thanks
for the info I will possibly have to order in if I cant find
anything here and use your recommendations.

Many thanks to both of you it’s much apprteciated,
Lou

I get a 24K gold coin, cut off a piece, and put it through the
rolling mill I torch anneal regularly as I go along, but when it
gets quite thin,I anneal it by putting it on a heated hot plate. This
is a trick I learned from Komelia Okim when I took her Keum Boo
workshop.

Alma

Hi again Lou,

Cynthia said that she sometimes uses 22K gold sheet for Keum boo.
Cookson Gold that but I didn’t mention it the other day as I didn’t
know 22K vs 24K would be okay. If you can roll that thin enough it
may work for you.

Helen
UK

Regarding the use of 22 K gold sheet for keum boo. I was all out of
24 K and ordered some foil from Billmeir in Chicago. They explained
that they did not roll out 24K, to the thinness I required, but could
do it in 22K. I was concerned about the alloy being used, as one of the
steps in preparing the sterling silver for keum boo is to deplete it
of all copper, and I did not want any copper in the gold foil. They
offered to run off a sample of 22K, alloyed with fine silver. It
worked, but the only problem was that the color was very pale–not
rich like the 24K.

Alma