I think you'll find that palladium white gold will be FAR easier to
work than the old nickel-alloyed white golds. You will be impressed
with its workability. Also, because it is SO WHITE, you won't need to
consider rhodium plating it when it's finished. Be sure to buy a
strong color-match solder to go with your Pd white gold stock.
It's not hard to alloy palladium and pure gold to create your 18K or
14K palladium white gold, and it pours into an ingot well, too.
I love the working properties of 18K PD white gold, as well as it's
extremely white color.
Oh, for bending heavy ring shanks, I'm not a fan of ring-bending
pliers. Even with plastic tubing protectors over the jaws, even the
best pliers can dent or mark the soft jewelry metals if you're not
really careful. Plus, it's brutal on the hands, and I'm saving mine
for other easier tasks. I prefer a ring mandril, a heavy rawhide
mallet, and a grooved wood block for all my ring bending. Far easier
on the hands, and it never leaves a mark on the rounded ring band.
Why don't you post a review of your experience with palladium white
gold on Orchid?