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Vermeil and heating

I seem to have problems with anything coated - usually manage to buff
off the coating, or do something nasty to it, but I thought that I
would try soldering a vermeil daisy spacer to an Argentium silver
ring, using easy Argentium silver solder. The gold is GONE. No trace,
not even when looking thru my visor. What happened? I don’t think
that it could be a matter of daisy being covered in solder, as I
tried using a fine abrasive wheel on a portion - then buffing with a
felt wheel - nope, no gold. I’m disappointed! I wanted a wee touch of


The gold diffused into the silver.

James Binnion
James Binnion Metal Arts

Ros- Most gold plating is only molecules thick. It cannot take heat
or a buff. If you want gold, you’ll have to use gold, or learn how to

Have fun and make lots of jewelry.
Jo haemer

Heating gold coated silver to a soldering temperature usually
results in the silver absorbing the gold.

Tony Konrath