Welcome - polly daeger

HI! Find some on wrought iron. A number of years
ago, I did a forged necklace in iron and gold. The Iron was
finished black, by applying a coat of wax and then heating it in
the kiln. I can’t remember the temperature, but check some
resources. You have to repeat this a number of times, but the
necklace is still great, that is if you want it black. That’s all
that I have on the subject…

Pat Eagles may soar, but weasels aren’t sucked into jet engines.

Polly Pats on the iron and gold is correct. the wax
used by most blacksmiths is bee’s wax and the temp the wax is
APPLIED is 300 degrees plus or minus 50 degrees. The problem you
will have with iron laying against the skin is the body chemicals
and salt. The only to over come the problem without spending a ton
of money is to clear coat the iron and gold with tefflon and bake.

Fagan [Bladesmith]

Hello Fagan,

Could you give us a little more details on how to clear coat with
tefflon… I might use it for other applications than Iron and
gold… bronze ?

Thanks in advance

Michel Larbrisseau
Trifac inc.
Montreal (Que) Canada

Hi Polly, I work with alot of recycled metal parts too. For my
work the rustier the parts, the better but the part that touches
the clothing has to be sealed. I clean any loose material off
with steel or brass wheels and then use a two part epoxy. You
can suspend artists powders or any other medium in it to change
the color. I’ve found the harder curing, water clear epoxies
work best and will heat set really fast. You have to be careful
though because the heat will make the epoxies want to crawl to
the front of the peice if there is material to carry it
there(wire wrapping…) In that case, a slow set is better.
I’m a goldsmith by trade but my passion is my found object
jewelry and I’m starting to merge the two bodies of work. I’d
love to hear about your work, mail me at tleebrnm@AOL.com
thanks t.lee