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Yellow ochre source

Hello all!

Might I ask where all you crafty metalsmithers buy yellow ochre
powder to stop out solder seams?



You can get it from Rio Grande or most any other jewelry supplier.
Do you have an old bar of red rouge lying around or perhaps some iron
oxide polishing powder? If you have a bar, shave off a bit
otherwise, mix the shavings or the powder with a bit of water or
alcohol and paint that on. After all, yellow ochre and iron oxide are
both iron!

Cheers from Don at The Charles Belle Studio in SOFL where simple
elegance IS fine jewelry! @coralnut2


Any jewelry supply will have yellow ochre. Also, keep in mind that
many other things will work if you improvise. Liquid paper (the
water-based type) works as well as anything. All you need to do is
dirty the parts to which you don’t want the solder to flow. You can
mix a slurry of dust or rouge dust/shavings, etc with water and it
will work in a pinch.

Hi Molly, I get most of the ochre from a pottery company that also
sells chemicals for that industry. I is usd in glaze formulation. It
can be purchased in 1 or more pounds.


Try a your local jewellery tool supplier, or an alternative is to
use powdered rouge mixed with water. If you only have the stick
variety (if my memory serves me right) scrape some off with a
scalpel and dissolve in a small amount of kerosene to make a paste
and paint on. Another is Whiting (chalk or calcium carbonate) mixed
with water. I hope this helps.

Terence Dillon
Master Goldsmith
Chivali Artisan Goldsmiths
08 8927 2112


All of the previously mentioned techniques will work fine. Another
choice would be to use “Whiteout”. The stuff used to correct typing
mistakes. It works as well as the other methods but it is more
convenient for me to have a small bottle at my bench. I can brush it
on and wait a minute or two and solder the item. It saves me the time
of getting up and shaving something and mixing it with water and then
applying it and waiting for it to dry. It’s also cheap. A 99 cent
bottle will last a long time. This tip I learned from Alan Revere.

Have a good day.
James S. Cantrell CMBJ

Hi Friends,

This is a tip that makes the rounds on Orchid every once in a while.
I haven’t used yellow ochre in years. There is a superior anti-flux
that is more readily available, at least here in the U.S. It is
White-Out (Wite-Out?) correction fluid… the water based kind,
available at most office supply stores. IMPORTANT: The solvent based
kind emits toxic fumes when heated. The cool thing it that the
bottle also has a handy little applicator brush in the cap. One
bottle can last years, and can be reconstituted by adding a little
water if it starts to dry out in the bottle.

The problem with yellow ochre, aside from availability, is that it is
iron based. We all know that introducing iron to your pickle pot will
contaminate it and cause your work to become copper plated. Am I
correct that red rouge also contains iron? Unless you thoroughly
clean the piece before pickling, you will be increasingly
contaminating your pickle as time passes.

All the best,

Dave Sebaste
Sebaste Studio
Charlotte, NC (USA)

From the time I was in school, I use water based, Liquid White-out.
It works as well the ochre I have used, and it’s premixed with a
brush included. You can use the solvent based White-out, but it will
flares up and may need reapplication if it boils up and bubbles off
(plus it stinks profoundly!). If you let it dry for 15 - 20 minutes,
it won’t flare up, but may boil up some.

Plus white out is available anywhere, including many convenience


Hello all, I have found that “white out” , which is sold to correct
typing errors, is a perfect solder stop. It is easy to apply and
easy to rinse off. Of course it hasn’t helped my typing at all.

Have fun.
Tom Arnold